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The Montessori Children’s House of York, Inc.

3417 East Market St.

York, PA 17402


Phone: (717) 757-1331
Fax: (717) 757-4133

We believe that choosing to commit to a school is a very serious decision. In the final analysis, the family must choose us; we do not choose the family. For this reason, we encourage parents to look in depth and seek as much information as possible about our program, as well as other programs.

Parents who know what to expect become strong partners with their Montessori school, which is why we recommend this sample checklist (adapted from one by Terry Malloy) when observing at any potential school.


Receive visitors with respect and discretion?

Relate philosophy and its implementation with ease and depth?

Willingly answer questions asked (and those that may not have been asked)?

Appear willing to spend unlimited time with visitors?

Maintain an orderly office space?


Display cleanliness, tidiness, and freedom from clutter?

Show evidence of materials in good repair?

Provide materials in a complete, sequenced, and accessible manner?

Exhibit a calm inviting atmosphere?

Appear to be child centered rather than adult centered?

Does the STAFF...

Move softly and gracefully?

Show awareness of the general environment?

Stay alert to the needs of the children, responding when appropriate?

Relate to the children privately and respectfully?

Present lessons quietly and effectively without interrupting the harmony of the class?

Do the CHILDREN...

Move gracefully with respect toward others and the environment?

Choose and work with the materials purposely?

Work with contentment?

Seek help only when necessary?

Complete individual tasks with interest and concentration?


These words reveal the child's inner needs: "Help me to do it alone."
-Dr. Maria Montessori