Traverse City to build school solely for Montessori method
March 13, 2021 Updated: March 13, 2021 8:33 am
TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) – Northern Michigan’s largest school district is building a school to teach children exclusively using the Montessori method.
The Traverse City School Board agreed to spend more than $ 20 million on the project. The district has a Montessori school, but the new building is being specifically designed for a collaborative learning environment, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.
The school will have a pod classroom structure, a science lab, an art and Spanish room, a greenhouse, music rooms and a large gym. Up to 550 students can be looked after up to the 8th grade.
Children at Montessori school learn at their own pace and according to their own choice of activities, the school district said. There are no grades.
“I’ve done a lot of research on other Montessori-only public schools in Michigan. There are very few and none who have ever built a new building specifically for a Montessori program, ”said Director Lisa Van Loo.
The new building should be ready by autumn 2022.