Summer Programs


For the latest course listings and dates please visit our Course Catalog and online registration at

SUMMER PROGRAMS at the Montessori School of Northampton offer a wide range of enriching and fun sessions for children starting at age 18 months and all the way through middle school. Our summer sessions are inspired by the Montessori approach. Toddler programming helps engage children’s innate “do it myself” drive, with opportunities to hone physical and practical skills, learn social lessons and name their feelings while noticing the feelings of others. The preschool curriculum includes theme based programming, focused art classes, an emphasis on practical life skills and extended outdoor exploration. Aspects of the Montessori  academic experience from which elementary and middle school students will benefit include independent work  choices, respect and care for social relationships and  advanced practical life skills.

Since 1976 the Montessori School of Northampton has offered exciting and engaging programs for children in the tradition of Italian educator Maria Montessori. The school is located in a peaceful, residential area convenient to downtown Northampton, Route 9 and I-91. Families often commute and carpool from surrounding towns such as Hatfield, Amherst, Williamsburg, Easthampton, Hadley, and the hilltowns.


Registrations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Confirmation of attendance will be sent to you within ten days by email as space and match is determined. Once a program is full, we will automatically place additional applicants on a waiting list in the order in which they are received. In this case, parents will be notified via email. Families on the waiting list will be notified as soon as an opening occurs and tuition for the program will be due at that time.

Payment Plans:

There are 2 options for payment. Please choose one and indicate it on the registration form. 

  1. FULL PAYMENT: Submit full payment with registration.
  2. PAYMENT PLAN: Pay 1/3 at checkout. Balance will be calculated to be paid in installments by May 1st. Please note: after May 1st full payment will be due at time of registration.

Refund Policy:

  • A 50 percent refund of the total cost of tuition will be given to those withdrawing prior to June 1, 2020.
  • No refunds will be given after June 1, 2020.
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Business Office by the dates listed on the refund policy.

The Montessori School of Northampton is accredited by the Association of Independent School of New England (AISNE) and the American Montessori Society (AMS).


18 month-2 years 11 months old
June 22-August 14, 2020

Session I: June 22 – July 2. Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-4:00)
Session II: July 6 – 17. Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-4:00)
Session III: July 20 – 31. Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-4:00)
Session IV: August 3 – 14. Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-4:00)

Half Day 8:30-12:00: Children bring bag lunch. AM snack provided.

Full Day 8:30-4:00:  Children bring bag lunch. Snacks provided.

This exciting program takes advantage of our facilities, beautiful summer weather, and children’s natural abilities. Our experienced Lead Teacher and support staff will guide the children through enriching activities that include: creative movement, arts and crafts, daily story time, singing, child-friendly cooking, outdoor play and water play with focus on meeting toddlers’ growing emotional and cognitive abilities. The class is small (12 maximum) and is staffed by a EEC Lead Teacher/Toddler Certified Teacher and Assistant Teachers.

  • Practical Life Focus on self-care.
  • Language Books, singing, finger play, and lots of fun, spontaneous conversation
  • Sensorial Activities that encourage a child to explore the world around using all five senses.
  • Math Hands on experience with number recognition as well as quantity.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:30-9:00 Arrival and greeting
  • 9:00 Planned outdoor activities and free play
  • 10:00 Snack time
  • 10:30 Planned activities and shelf work
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:00 Half Day dismissal
  • 12:30 Rest time
  • 1:45 Free play
  • 2:15 Outside  play
  • 4:00 Full Day dismissal

For the latest course listings and dates please visit our Course Catalog and online registration at

for children in preschool and kindergarten.

Ages 2.9 to 6 years
June 22—August 14, 2020

Session I: Mindfulness & Inner Peace (June 22 – July 2). Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-3:00)
Session II: Rocks, Rivers & Dinosaurs (July 6 – 17). Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-3:00)
Session III: Dr. Seuss (July 20 – July 31). Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-3:00)
Session IV: Fun in Outer Space (August 3 – 14). Half Day (8:30-12:00) or Full Day (8:30-3:00)

Half Day 8:30-12:00: Children bring bag lunch. AM snack provided.

Full Day 8:30-3:00: Children bring bag lunch. AM/ PM snacks provided.

Your child will join our skilled and inspired staff for fun in the sun, shade and water led by a Montessori trained Lead Teacher. Classrooms at the Montessori School of Northampton are thoughtfully prepared environments set up to inspire creative play, independence and joy. The program’s low teacher to child ratio supports individualized time with students and creates a relaxed, summer pace.  The children are encouraged to make their own play choices from the different areas of the classroom: Reading Loft, Everyday Living, Peace Corner, Blocks, puzzles, games, and other engaging manipulatives. Fantasy play is encouraged!

Each two week session highlights a different theme. Our resident artist plans daily art projects related to the session’s theme. At circle time, classroom teachers explore the theme through books, songs, and teacher presentations. The program features fun outdoor play in a park-like setting, wading pools, water play (PM only), and a large children’s playground. We offer indoor fun in one of the best-equipped, most beautiful classroom environments in the Pioneer Valley.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:30-9:00 Outside arrival and greeting
  • 9:00 First circle
  • 9:15 3 and 4-year old art group
  • 10:15 5-and 6-year old art group
  • 11:00 Outside play
  • 11:30 Lunch
  • 12:00 Half Day dismissal
  • 12:15 Rest time (story time & quiet play for 5 & 6 year olds)
  • 1:15 Free play
  • 2:15 Outside play and water play
  • 3:00 Full Day dismissal

Register online!


For children 6-14 years of age we offer a wide range of programs that promote visual and performing arts, engineering, sports, culture, sciences, outdoors skills, computer programming, cooking and film. For summer 2020 the Montessori School of Northampton will be collaborating with organizations like Play-Well TEKnologies and Holyoke Codes to bring families science programs like LEGO robotics, digital animation and coding.

Arts are also a key component to MSN Summer Programs and in 2020 we’ll be offering painting classes, graphic novel/comic book art instruction, and film & videography classes. We’ll also be offering cooking classes and a new social justice workshop for young people.

Programs and dates subject to change

For the latest course listings and dates please visit our Course Catalog and online registration at


Extended Day: 3:00-4:00 pm: These programs are filled on a first-come first served basis. Extended Day will run on any given week only if there is a minimum of 3 children enrolled, and has a maximum enrollment of 10 children. You can register for extended day separately from your main program on our summer registration page:

  • DROP-IN: If you need Extended Day care (3:00- 4:00) and have not previously signed up please send a request in writing to Chris Scanlon, Auxiliary Program Director at to see if spaces are available for the day(s) you need. You will be billed bi-weekly for hours used at the rate of $12.80 per hour.
  • LEGO programs, Holyoke Codes programs, Graphic Novel & Comic Book Art, Intro to Social Justice, and Outdoor Wilderness Adventures end at 4:00 PM each day and will not be offering extended day past the 4:00 PM dismissal.

LATE PICKUP: When parents are more than 10 minutes late in picking up their child at the end of their child’s scheduled day (12:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, or 4:00 PM), parents will be charged $1 per minute until their child is picked up. When you pick up your child, you will need to sign a late pick-up form that will be used for billing. If your child still has not been picked up after 15 minutes, your emergency numbers will be called until someone has been found to pick up your child.


Montessori School of Northampton
Chris Scanlon, Auxiliary Program Director
51 Bates St, Northampton MA 01060

Main: 413-586-4538
Fax: 413-586-7047
Mobile: 413-563-4645

Click here to email the Summer Program Director

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