Welcome to Clay-Platte Montessori School

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A Home for Learning

Clay Platte Montessori School was founded in 1966 and has been at its current location since 1974. We are the only Montessori school in the Kansas City area that offers programs beginning at 18 months and continuing on through high school. Concepts learned in the early years are built upon and carry through to complex learning.

We ensure that our classrooms have well-qualified individuals and are well equipped with all the Montessori didactic materials.



Peace & Diversity

Students and their families are vital members of our school community. We provide a supportive environment, in which every student is valued for their special and unique qualities. Cultural differences are celebrated. Our staff and our families are a representation of our world. Bangladesh, India, Russia, and Ethiopia are just a few of the countries represented in our school community.



Well Established

Our main building was built in the early 70s specifically as a Montessori school—and has maintained its unique, beautiful design. Many of our staff and teachers have been with us for years. We enjoy a strong relationship with our alumni and are thrilled to have so many second generation children joining our school community.



One With Nature

Our school is situated on a beautiful 10-acre wooded area. The children’ s classrooms are literally indoors and outdoors. Exploring nature and its inhabitants amidst a meandering creek, open meadows, and wooded trails are favorite activities of our students. Nature is an important component of the Montessori philosophy, and our campus was designed specifically to embrace this need.

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Why Montessori

For nearly a century, perhaps one of the best-kept secrets in education has been the highly successful approach developed by the first female physician in Italy, Dr. Maria Montessori. In fact, many of the “newest” methods traditional schools are exploring are not new at all but are established foundations in the Montessori philosophy.

Multi-age classrooms

Younger children learn from the role-modeling of their older peers; older children gain confidence in being a leader in their classroom.  As children become fluent with materials, they may be invited to give lessons to younger children.  This design further ingrains learning for the children.

Early childhood education

Children have a natural curiosity and are anxious to learn from a young age. It is not daycare. We provide a structured environment that stimulates the child’ s learning.

Hands-on learning

Children love to explore their environments and what better way to learn? A Montessori classroom is a structured yet individualized field of discovery. (Four plus four equals eight—but not just because someone tells us so. If you place four objects with four objects, there are eight objects you can count and hold in your hand.)

Development of self-discipline

Having control of our bodies, learning patience, and respect for ourselves and for others are important lessons for life.  The Montessori guides are trained to view self-discipline (or, as we call it, discipline) on a continuum of development.  As each child progresses to new levels of discipline, the guide offers the child new responsibilities, and the child arrives at a new place of independence.  The balance between discipline, responsibility, and independence is at the core of Montessori philosophy for good reason:  These are the keys to the child’s development.

Respect for all—and the Earth

Montessori philosophy teaches respect for all living things. Appreciating our differences; the uniqueness of each of us, caring for our global environment, and respect for all, are key guiding principals.

Allowing for self-discovery

There is no classroom set pace, where a student might have to wait for the next lesson. When the individual child is ready, they move to their next lesson.