The Montessori School’s Kalamazoo campus expansion is going public! While this exciting news 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.

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The Montessori School Expands Kalamazoo Campus

As a result of high enrollment rates and the upcoming addition of a sixth-year program, The Montessori School will expand its Kalamazoo campus.

A recently purchased building located at 710 Howard Street will be renovated to house the school’s existing elementary program including the sixth-year program which was announced in February.

The additional space will allow for 20 additional preschool openings in the school’s original building for the 2019-2020 school year and an additional 10 preschool openings for the 2020-2021 school year. Waiting lists for both school years are forming now.

“Expanding our physical space and educational capacity will allow us to reach even more students and increase our offerings to our current students,” said Ann Pilzner, Head of School for The Montessori School. “We are very excited and thankful for this opportunity.”

Renovations on the new facility are set for December 2018. The facility is expected to open in the fall of 2019.

The expansion will be financed in part through a capital campaign.

The school’s existing building is located at 750 Howard Street. The new and existing properties are separated by a strip of land and a small pond which the partners of Crosstown Parkway Apartments intend to donate to the school pending their lender’s approval.

Pilzner said, “The Crosstown Parkway Apartments partners have been extremely generous to The Montessori School in the past, including the donation of our upper lot.

“It is the goal of the school to put a greenhouse on the lot between the buildings. Students and residents of the senior community in the Crosstown Parkway Apartments will work together in the greenhouse,” she said. “Our goal is to create a stronger relationship with our neighbors and increase community projects shared by our students and the senior community.”

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.

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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.