Summer Programs

Chris Scanlon

Chris Scanlon

For over 40 years 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.

100_1964Summer programs at the Montessori School of Northampton offer a wide range of enriching and fun sessions for toddler through middle school age children. Our programs are inspired by the Montessori approach. The toddler and 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.

Click on the Toddler tab for children ages 18 months to 2 years 11 months.

Click on the Children’s House Pre-K tab for children ages 2 years 9 months to 6.

Click on the Elementary/Middle School tab for children ages 6 to 14.

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 in writing, and deposit checks will be returned. 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: 

  • FULL PAYMENT: Enclose full payment with registration.
  • EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Pay in full by April 16th and save $25 per child off your total.

Refund Policy:

  • A 75 percent refund will be given to those withdrawing prior to June 1.
  • A 50 percent refund will be given to those withdrawing after June 1 and before summer program begins June 25.
  • No refunds will be given after summer program begins June 25.
  • All refund requests must be submitted in writing to the Summer Program Director by the dates listed on the refund policy.
  • The $25 application fee is non-refundable
Our catalog with detailed program information and registration forms is available for download here.

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


Our catalog with detailed program information and registration forms is available for download here.

Montessori Toddler
June 25-August 17, 2018 Ages: 18 mos – 2.11 yrs

Session I: June 25–July 6 (Closed July 4)
Session II: July 9-20
Session III: July 23-August 3
Session IV: August 6-17

Half Day $500 (8:30-12:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM snack provided}
Full Day $580 (8:30-4:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM/PM snack provided}

This exciting program takes advantage of our facilities, beautiful summer weather, and children’s natural abilities. Our experienced, Montessori-trained 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, out-door 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 Montessori Head Teacher/Toddler Certified Teacher and Assistant Teachers.

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

Daily Schedule

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

Molly Hardy has worked with children and youth for over ten years in a variety of environments including Boston Public Schools, infant and toddler programs, Head Start, and Montessori classrooms. She completed her Montessori teacher training at the New England Montessori Teacher Education Center in Boston, and holds an Early Childhood credential from the American Montessori Society. Molly is very excited to be part of the Montessori Toddler community at MSN! When she’s not in the classroom, Molly enjoys reading and singing along with her guitar (though she often does those things in the classroom as well).

Our catalog with detailed program information and registration forms is available for download here.

Children’s House
June 25-August 17, 2018 Ages: 2.9-6 yrs

Session I: Mindfulness & Inner Peace
June 25 – July 6 (Closed July 4)
Session II: Rocks, Rivers, & Dinosaurs
July 9-20
Session III: Fun in Outer Space
July 23 – August 3
Session IV: Dr Seuss
August 6-17

Half Day $450 (8:30-12:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM snack provided)
Full Day $530 (8:30-3:00): Children bring bag lunch. (AM/PM snack provided)

Our program has a low teacher to-child ratio so our staff can give lots of individualized attention and create a relaxed summer pace for the children. Classrooms at the Montessori School of Northampton are “prepared environments”: rich with activities that encourage independence. The children make their own play choices from the many curriculum areas: reading, art, early practical life skill materials, etc. Your child will join our skilled and inspired staff for fun in the sun, shade and water. Each two week session features a resident artist who works with the children on theme-related projects. 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 AM – Arrival and greeting
9:00 AM – First circle
9:15 AM – 3-and 4-year old art group
10:00 AM – Second circle
10:15 AM – 5-and 6-year old art group
11:00 AM – Outside play
11:30 AM – Lunch
12:00 PM – Half day dismissal
12:15 PM – Rest time
1:15 PM – Free play
2:15 PM – Outside play and water play
3:00 PM – Full day dismissal

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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 2018 the Montessori School of Northampton will be collaborating with organizations like Play-Well TEKnologies, Mad Science and Holyoke Codes to bring families science programs like LEGO Robotics and digital animation.

Arts are also a key component to MSN Summer Programs. This summer we’ll be offering introductory and advanced painting classes, graphic novel and comic book art instruction, an introduction to film & videography, and a documentary film making class.

Our catalog with detailed program information and registration forms is available for download here.

 Summer 2018

 All elementary full-day programs are 8:30am-3:00pm Monday-Friday unless otherwise indicated.
Students bring a bag lunch.

June 25-29 - Intro to Visual Arts: Art Outside The Box - Grades 1-3

July 2-6 - Intro to Film and Videography - Grades 1,2,3

July 2-6 - Advanced Visual Arts: PAINTING - Grade 4-6

July 9-13 - MAD SCIENCE - Grades 1-5

July 9-13 - Advanced Film and Videography Grades 4-7

July 16-20 - Intro to STEM with LEGO ® - Grades 1-3

July 16-20 - STEM Challenge with LEGO ® - Grades 4-6

July 23-27 - Culinary Creations - Grades 1-3

July 23- July 27 - Advanced Graphic Novel and Comic Book Art - Grades 5-8

July 30-August 3 - Robotics using LEGO WeDo - Grades 1-3

July 30-August 3 - Robotics using LEGO® EV3 System - Grades 4-6

August 6-10 - Intro to Digital Animation - Grades 2-4 - AM Program

August 6-10 - Daytrippers PM - Grades 2-4

August 6-10 - Digital Animation Workshop - Grades 5-7 - PM Program

August 6-10 - Daytrippers AM - Grades 5-7

August 6-10 - Outdoor Wilderness Adventures - Grades 4-8

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EXTENDED CARE PROGRAM RUNS UNTIL 4:00 WEEKLY:

Summer Extended Care is filled on a first-come first-served basis. This program will run on any given week only if there is a minimum of 3 children enrolled, and has a maximum enrollment of 10 children. When signing up for the week, tuition is $50 per student per week. Please use the enrollment form to sign-up now.

DROP-IN: If you need summer Summer Extended Care (3:00-4:00) and have not previously signed up please contact Chris Scanlon, Summer Program Director, at 413-563-4645 or at summer@northamptonmontessori.org to see if spaces are available for the day(s) you need. There will be limited drop-in spaces. You will be billed bi-weekly for hours used at the rate of $12.80 per hour.

LATE PICK-UP POLICY: When parents are more than 10 minutes late in picking up their child at the end of their child’s scheduled day (12:00 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.

LEGO, HOLYOKE CODES and OUTDOOR WILDERNESS ADVENTURES FAMILIES: LEGO programs, Holyoke Codes programs and Outdoor Wilderness Adventures end at 4:00 PM each day and will not be offering after school after the 4:00 PM dismissal.

Montessori School of Northampton
Chris Scanlon: Summer Program Director
51 Bates St
Northampton MA 01060

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

Email: summer@northamptonmontessori.org

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