Welcome to TCAPS Montessori Program
Thank you for choosing to visit the TCAPS' Montessori website! To be able to provide a more "visual experience" for parents, please watch the "Video Tour of TCAPS Montessori" found on the lower left-hand side of this page. You will have the opportunity to see a video of our program either by the specific level in which you are interested, or see the video in its entirety, which is highly recommended.
Traverse City Area Public Schools is one of the few public school districts in the state that offers a public Montessori program, which emphasizes a child-centered environment that develops character, skills, and independent learning. Children can freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities taught by certified Montessori instructors to meet curricular goals. TCAPS' Montessori program offers a Toddler program for ages 18 - 36 months, Primary classes for ages 3 - 6, and Elementary classes for ages 6 - 12. Students are grouped in multi-age classrooms where our highly qualified staff serve as guides, encouraging exploration and self-discovery.
The educational focus of TCAPS' Montessori is based on the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician who developed this unique method of education based on her observations that children almost effortlessly absorb knowledge from their surroundings. Dr. Montessori's pioneering work created a blueprint for nurturing all children to become self-motivated, independent, and life-long learners.
"Our philosophy is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core."
The TCAPS' Montessori program is located at Glenn Loomis and the address is: 1009 Oak Street, Traverse City, MI 49684. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on our website, please feel to to contact our TCAPS Montessori Director, Lisa VanLoo, at (231) 933-5607.
A special thanks goes out to Burritt's Meat Market for donating dissection specimens to our school. Many students will have the opportunity to explore the internal and external parts of the eye as well as examining the structure of the brain. Thanks for your generosity!