The Montessori School’s addition of a sixth-year program is going public! While news of this exciting addition to our offerings has been known in our school community for some time, we are now officially sharing the news with the Kalamazoo community at large as well.

I invite you to read and share the following media release on social media and with anyone interested in learning more about our school.

Feel free to reach out to me or Jocelyn, our Upper Elementary Guide, with any questions.




The Montessori School Adds Sixth-Year Program

The Montessori School is excited to expand its program offerings at its Kalamazoo campus with the addition of a sixth-year program.

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, The Montessori School will begin offering sixth-year education corresponding with sixth grade in a public school.

“We are excited to expand our program offerings by adding this sixth-year program,” said Head of School Ann Pilzner. “The opportunity to include a wider age range of students in our school family is exciting. We look forward to sharing the Montessori tradition with students for an additional year.”

The sixth-year program will incorporate learning through internships as well as on-campus curriculum. Each sixth-year student will complete three internships with local businesses throughout the school year. Jocelyn Clark, the Upper Elementary teacher at The Montessori School since 1998, will help guide students’ internship choices, vet prospective businesses and align interests in the internship program.

“These internships will give our students an opportunity to follow their passions and develop hands-on learning and insights much earlier than a typical intern,” Clark said. “I look forward to working with our sixth-years as they explore and grow as students and individuals.”

In addition to the preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and childcare programs offered at its Kalamazoo campus, The Montessori School also offers preschool, kindergarten, and childcare programs at its Richland campus.

Enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year is underway. Campus tours and classroom visits are available by request.

To learn more about the gifts The Montessori School has to offer children and its growth, please visit, connect with us on Facebook, or call (269) 349-3248.


Ann Pilzner is the Head of School at The Montessori School. She taught at a traditional school in Detroit for two years before falling in love with the Montessori concept while searching for a preschool for her first child. Pilzner went on to become a teacher at a Montessori school and later an administrator before joining The Montessori School in 2016.