Family Handbook

You have made a unique educational choice. As you become increasingly familiar with the Montessori method of education, you will discover how comprehensive and concise the curriculum and environment is in fostering active learning, critical thinking and a flexible mindset, a strong sense of self and community and individualized development.

The parent-school partnership is essential to ensuring a rich educational experience for children. We are honored to be partners with you in the development of your child. We rely on your communication, energy, support, and involvement to ensure an optimal experience for your child.

This handbook provides guidelines and information to create “flow” between home and school and clarifies the roles of parents, staff and the child. It is our shared responsibility to keep each other well informed throughout the year. Please read through this handbook carefully and use it as a reference and resource for policies, procedures, and general practices. If you have any questions that are not addressed here, you are encouraged to talk to your child’s teacher or the Head of School.

Leelanau Montessori is an authentic Montessori school, providing a first rate Montessori education to children ages 1-12 and where the adults are responsive and rigorously prepared to serve the unique and individual needs of children. We will provide a philosophy and practices that will empower your child to direct his/her own life and development and create prepared environments that stimulate and enable various activities toward self-actualization. Our method reflects the educational and psychological research and data-based instructional strategies of Dr. Maria Montessori, various educators of her day, and contemporary educational research.