The Montessori School of Raleigh Expands with New Upper School

MSR Upper School site plan

The Montessori School of Raleigh plans to expand its program offering through twelfth grade with the addition of an upper school. MSR’s future Upper School will be located on the Brier Creek campus, nestled on 40 acres of forest, streams and wildlife in southern Durham County, which currently houses the Middle School. This campus will provide students the care, support, and freedom to be themselves. It means more space, more masterful teachers, more experiential learning, and more opportunities to collaborate across grade levels.

MSR will offer green learning “collaboratories” and environmentally unobtrusive learning stations throughout the 40 acre campus to allow students to benefit from both indoor classroom and outdoor learning opportunities through environmental awareness, scientific field studies, community service, and other forms of outdoor education.

The Upper School will emphasize the deep integration of academic subject matter, student-directed and student-paced learning, practical life skills, social and emotional intelligence, and other real-life learning by providing:

  • A highly regarded two-year IB Diploma Programme as an option for grades 11 and 12 that will highlight critical thinking, rigorous research and exams, thesis writing, a “Theory of Knowledge” course, and other advanced college preparation.
  • A college counseling program that intentionally prepares students for application and admission to a range of best-fit colleges and universities.
  • Extraordinary opportunities for collaborations and real-world internships.
  • Hands-on experience and exposure to a diverse range of art and music forms and materials.
  • A robust, competitive athletics program, with plans to add new teams to our lineup, including boys’ and girls’ lacrosse and tennis and girls’ field hockey.

To learn more about the new Upper School, visit or schedule a visit today!

Tour and Information Sessions for grades 7–9

October 13, 2015
November 10, 2015
December 8, 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 408 Andrews Chapel Road, Durham NC 27703

Prepared for Life

In this video series from The Montessori School of Raleigh, they highlight the real world skills students learn every day with a Montessori education. You will meet professionals from the worlds of business and academia who regularly hire employees and work with students. Find out what they look for in order to distinguish the ordinary candidate from the extraordinary new hire or student. The first video was an interview with Jenny Rasch, the Coordinator of Advising with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University. The second video features Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova, the co-founders of Imangi Studios, who developed the popular mobile game app Temple Run.

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What in the World are Metal Insects?

The Metal Insets material ready for working.

If you are a parent of a Children’s House student then you may have heard of a work called Metal Insets — sometimes mispronounced as “Metal Insects” – and were curious about this iconic Montessori material. You could understand if they were called “Metal Insects” because it would be easy to believe that a Montessori kindergartner would be studying Entomology, but Metal Insets sounds more like mechanical engineering. Read on to learn more about this intriguing Montessori material.

One of the unique pieces to the Montessori educational model is the foundation that is laid at the very young age groups. The materials build upon one another in a specific sequence that allows for students to take in information when developmentally appropriate and addresses the need for order, independence, concentration and coordination.

Shapes prepare students for future lessons in geometry.

A perfect example of this is the Metal Insets which are a material predominately found in Children’s House and Lower Elementary classrooms. The lesson prepares the hand for writing. There are 7 different presentations of Metal Insets that increase with difficulty starting with the simple tracing of shapes to the gradation, design and superimposition of shapes and colors. This work has an indirect focus on the development of the mind. The material itself controls the errors and assist the aims of the lesson.

  • The progression of muscular control in preparation for letter formation
  • The material aids in controlling the movement of the pencil
  • The outline/shading is done sequentially up and down and left to right
  • The insert provides a reference to draw an outline; the shading helps control the pressure of the hand
  • The 11 step lesson for Metal Insets indirectly allows for the practice of concentration, order, repetition and memory recall
  • The shapes and colors lay the foundation for future work in Geometry

The variety of colors invites independent creativity and sensorial integration.
Montessori materials are designed to be inviting and Metal Insets are no exception.

Google Founders Pay Homage to Montessori

Google pays homage to Dr. Maria Montessori on her birthday with a special image on the main Google search page. Everyone knows Google and it’s no secret that Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the founders of the very successful search engine company. In fact, the name Google is almost ubiquitous with web search. What you might not know is that Google founders credit their success to their early childhood education in Montessori. Watch the video included in this article from an interview they did with Barbara Walters for proof.

Google says Happy Birthday Maria on search page.

From PC Magazine to The Times of India, the world takes notice of Google’s tribute to Dr. Maria Montessori on her birthday and the profound impact the Montessori education had on its founders.

In addition to Google’s founders, here is an interesting collection of people throughout history who have gone to Montessori schools, sent their children to Montessori schools, or supported this method of education in one way or another. The short list includes: Alice Waters, Friedrich Hundertwasser, Julia Child, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Helen Keller, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Mahatma Gandhi, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Leo Tolstoy, Bertrand Russell, Jean Piaget, Erik Erikson, John Holt, Ann Frank, the Dalai Lama, Jacqueline Kennedy, Prince William and Prince Harry of the English royal family, Cher Bono, Yul Brynner, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Yo Yo Ma. That is some impressive company to keep. Originally posted by The Montessori School of Raleigh.

The Montessori School of Raleigh Alumni are Prepared for Life

During a recent visit to The Montessori School of Raleigh, alumni Deepti and Viraj Doshi shared with Head of School Nancy Errichetti how their Montessori education at MSR has prepared them for life. They were gracious enough to sit down and talk a little bit about their experience at MSR and the effect it has had on their lives thus far. Click below to watch a short video that affirms our saying, “Prepared for Life”.