Lt. Governor Dan Forest With Children of Oak City Academy School


Dan Forest, Lt. Gov. of North Carolina, reached out to a new urban Montessori school that provides up to 90% scholarships for its low income students. Oak City Academy is in its third year, has 33 students, and runs pre-k through 3rd grade. The Lt. Gov. spent part of the morning reading to the children, answering questions about “Yertle the Turtle,” and fielding questions about his own role in the government. Dan Forest’s visit fits right in line with the inclusive philosophy of Oak City Academy. Our school seeks to bring children together from diverse backgrounds and expose them to businesses and community leaders in the area. Continue reading Lt. Governor Dan Forest With Children of Oak City Academy School

Collaboration, Optimism and Community

Collaboration, Optimism and Community

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On Monday, December 17, 2012, the Montessori School of Raleigh shared holiday songs in the local community. Their first stop was another local Montessori school in urban Raleigh, Oak City Academy. In an effort to bridge the Montessori community and diversity of the schools, the visit is just the beginning of a growing relationship of collaboration between the two schools. Oak City Academy (OCA), a private Christian Montessori school located in the heart of Raleigh, aims to end generational and situational poverty by offering a transformational education. This approach to education blends the Montessori approach with the classical method of learning and instruction. The founders of the school, Danny and Kari Breed, believe that offering a transformational experience to their students will develop OCA students into innovative and competitive thinkers and servant leaders.  An even more compelling extension of this educational community, ingrained in the culture and presence at OCA, is the commitment to cultivate a community of justice.  In this context, this community looks like parents, teachers, administration, community organizations, churches, businesses and other schools coming together in community, seeing a need, and leveraging their resources to meet that need.

The diversity and mission of OCA–that all children demand the right to flourish–is supported by bringing together students from urban and suburban communities in an educational community through a 90% scholarship program.  Upper Elementary III Director, Justin Tosco was also attracted and intrigued by this idea of justice and equality. After meeting with Oak City’s Development Director, Tosco presented the idea to collaborate in caroling in the community at local soup kitchens. Ultimately,The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) offered their holiday songs as a gift and initial engagement. MSR is an independent school designed in its every detail to create confident, self-motivated and prepared children. Currently, OCA has Primary to Lower Elementary classrooms with plans to add a grade level every year. MSR offers classes ranging from toddler to Middle School. The two schools are optimistic about a growing relationship and robust discussion in their Montessori community.

For more information on The Montessori School of For more information on Oak City Academy:

Ashlee Wiley
Director of Development
Oak City Academy

Triangle Montessori Academy Hosts a Soccer Day

The Triangle Montessori Academy of Cary recently hosted a Soccer demonstration day.   The soccer demonstration was inline with the school’s mission of, “ create[ing] a loving and prepared environment for children ages three to six years where all children are empowered through self-directed activity to express their natural passion to learn and discover.” 

Find more images of the Soccer demo gallery click here.

For more information on current enrollment and openings, please contact the school at, 540-580 E. Chatham Street Cary NC, 27511, Phone: (919)463-7770, Fax: (919)463-7782.

Tips For Family Music Time

Montessori families and music go together like fish and water.  In a recent post from Sew Liberated, a very involved family lifestyle blog with an emphasis on sewing, we are given the chance to get a very Montessori minded parent’s view of how to introduce your kids to music time.

We don’t have a schedule in place for family music time. It happens organically, when one of us, adult or little one, feels thus moved.  This morning, Finn finished his oatmeal, hopped out of his chair, and zoomed over to play the washboard.  With no second thoughts or “we need to clean up after breakfast first” parent-y statements, we left our dirty dishes on the table and joined him. Lachlan had other plans, namely pushing his stroller around, but he eventually joined in, too.

We were recently gifted an old swing set by our neighbors, and have found it to be an unlikely help in the music department. I call it “captive music time,” when the boys are happily swinging and often “singing” along, yet both Patrick and I can bring out a few chairs, sit down with our guitars,

Read the Full Article Here. 

International Montessori School of Durham Releases Official Nut Policy

In 2012 one of the biggest health concerns of school administrators is the safe handling of nut based foods.  The International Montessori School (Durham) like thousands of schools across the country have taken the preventative measure of issuing a standard nut policy for their children that may have an allergic reaction to nuts.  Find more on the policy below:

The International Montessori School (IMS) is a non-profit educational organization that promotes bilingualism (French and Spanish) at all ages, with particular emphasis on the early childhood and lower elementary years.   For more information on their current openings please call Telephone: (919) 401-4343.



-Nut products of any kind

-Peanut butter, Almond butter, Cashew butter

-Any food with the following on the label:

~ ‘CONTAINS or MAY CONTAIN NUTS’ Continue reading International Montessori School of Durham Releases Official Nut Policy

Cary Montessori Preschool Costa Rican Summer Camp Almost Full

Imagine beating the heat and humidity of North Carolina with a tour of the Costa Rican Rain Forest.  Well many Cary families are doing just that at a local preschool.  The Renaissance Montessori School of Cary is set to complete their last summer camp starting July 30th, 2012.   With limited spaces available interested parents can get more information today by calling 919) 439-0130.  More Details below:

Session 3 July 30th-August 17th

Week 1 The Rain Forest of Costa Rica

  • Where is Costa Rica? Let’s find it on a map.
  • What is a rainforest?
  • Making a terrarium and adding tropical plants
  • Painting flowers of the rainforest
  • Grinding coffee for Mom and Dad
  • Experiencing the words and art work of “The Umbrella” by Jan Brett

Week 2 Bugs, Birds and Butterflies

Montessori Children’s House of Durham hosts Annual Alumni Picnic

At Montessori Children’s House of Durham it is truly a family affair.  During a recent 30th Anniversary celebration, more than 40 recent and not so recent alumni stopped by to show their support.  Find more pictures here. 

Also the school is still accepting (limited basis) applications for the pending school year, to schedule an appointment please call Main Office Phone: 919.489.9045 or visit this page.