Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet

Summary

  • (713) 696-2932
  • 901 Sue Barnett Dr
    Houston, TX 77018-5415 (map)
  • Established Friends of Montessori in 1994
  • Large park-like campus
  • Pre-K through 7th Grade
  • Located just North of Loop 610
  • http://www.gardenoakselementary.com/

About the Program

Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet is home to a public Montessori program for children ages 3-12. The Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School offers Montessori classes that integrate needed academic, social and emotional skills. This program is funded by the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and is paid for by parents who pay tuition for 3 and 4 year old students. A limited number of spaces are available for students unable to pay tuition. Additional funding support is raised by Friends of Montessori (FOM), a volunteer parent, teacher and community organization.

This program is designed to give children of all learning and language abilities the opportunity to be educated and socialized in an environment with a methodology and philosophy that reflects the world these children will soon lead. Because we are a public school, the program is available to all ethnic and socioeconomic levels. It provides each child with a developmentally appropriate, multicultural, family-centered education.

Financial support from community partners such as Shell Oil, Houston Endowment, and Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital was instrumental in creating the Montessori program. Since the first class opened in 1994, the program has doubled in size. As a result of growth over its 18-year history, the Montessori program has a waiting list of more than 350 students each year. Going forward, the Montessori program at Garden Oaks will continue to improve and expand to give children of all learning and language abilities the opportunity to experience a methodology and philosophy that reflects the world they will soon lead.

To apply to this Magnet program within HISD, please call 713-696-2930.

History of the Program

The seeds of our Montessori program were first planted in 1993 by a small group of parents and community members interested in changing educational opportunities within the public school system, specifically at Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet. Understanding that the future of the neighborhood, and the inner city as a whole, was tied to quality public schools, they worked within the framework of the Shared Decision Making Committee (a campus-level planning and decision-making process involving professional and non-professional staff members, parents, community members, and business representatives in public education) on the Garden Oaks Campus.

Ultimately, Friends of Montessori has organized and funded a Montessori “school within a school” program that now boasts 31 classrooms and over 525 neighborhood students, ages 3-12.  HISD was awarded the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant, providing funding which has made possible a transition to an All Montessori Magnet School; opening 5 new children’s house (3 bilingual), 4 lower elementary (2 bilingual) and 1 upper elementary in 2011.

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