Frequently Asked Questions

Where to educate your child is one of the most significant decisions you will make as a parent or caregiver. We are here to guide you in making that choice. Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently. Of course, if we don’t address your question here, please do not hesitate to contact us.


What do I need to do if my child must miss school due to illness or other factors?

Please contact us at (208) 419.0763 to let us know when your child is not attending school so that we know your child is safe.

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What are the qualifications of your teachers and support staff?

All of our teachers have at minimum a four-year bachelor degree from an accredited university, a valid Idaho State Teaching Credential K–8, and hold or are obtaining a Montessori Teaching Certificate. All our staff participates in ongoing professional development in Montessori education, student discipline, emergency response, and working with students who have special needs.

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Help! My child seems to have lost his/her lunch box, jacket, backpack, gloves…

We’re always finding things, so if your child is missing any items, please check our lost and found located in the office. Give us a call if you have any questions.

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May I visit or observe classes?

We welcome parents and the public to observe classes at any time during the school days through the observation windows. Please contact the office to schedule your visit, and be sure to check in at the office when you arrive. If you would like to observe in the classroom, please contact us in advance so that we can make arrangements with the classroom teacher.

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I have some concerns I wish to discuss. How do I resolve this?

Your concerns matter to us, and we want to be sure your child has a good experience in these early years of school. Please visit our Problem Resolution page, and follow our problem resolution procedure.

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Is Monticello Montessori a public school?

Yes. We are a free public school authorized by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission, a division of the Idaho State Board of Education.

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Who can attend?

Monticello Montessori Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, or age in its programs and activities. Students between the ages of five and 12 may enroll up to the capacity available. If enrollment requests exceed the capacity of the school, we will follow an equitable lottery selection process to determine who can attend.

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Do you have special education services?

Yes, we do. The early years form the foundation of growth and development, and we believe it is important to keep you informed about your child’s development. If you have questions or concerns regarding supplemental and/or special needs programs, please feel free to contact us about services for those who qualify.

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Do you sell surplus items?

From time to time we will list surplus items for sale. Please contact the office concerning the purchase of any surplus item.

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How does your lottery work?

Monticello holds a lottery on or before April 30 of each year. We fill all openings during the school year according to the order established by that lottery. Learn more about how we conduct our lottery.

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How much homework do you give the children?

We will assign homework based on grade level. For more specific information about what to expect, please visit our Academics page.

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What is Montessori?

The Montessori Method is a holistic approach to learning that meets the needs of students with disabilities, the gifted and talented, and all students in between in an inclusive, supportive environment. Developed by Maria Montessori, an Italian educator and physician in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Montessori Method is a highly sensorial and tactile instructional program. For a more in-depth look at Montessori complete with online articles, videos, and a reading list, please visit our Montessori Method page.

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How much does Monticello Montessori cost?

We are a free public school. There is no cost for any student enrolled in our half-day kindergarten program through the sixth grade. We also do not require families to purchase or pay fees for school supplies. We may ask parents to pay fees associated with voluntary activities that are not necessary elements of school activity, such as field trips. We also welcome your donations of time and/or money to the school if you so choose.

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Where does the school get its funding?

Monticello Montessori is a public school. As such, we receive public monies based on our student enrollment and attendance. To receive adequate funding, it is critical that our students attend school regularly.

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What is the dress code?

To reduce distractions, we do not permit commercialism or media messages on apparel. Our goal is for students to focus on academics while they are at school, not on peer trends, social status, the latest movie characters, or other forms of commercialism. Please see our Expectations and Standards page or student handbook for more details.

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Is this school affiliated with any religion or religious group?

No. We are a public school authorized by the Idaho Public Charter School Commission. We are non-sectarian and non-partisan.

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How do I know that my child will get everything he/she needs academically?

As a public school, Monticello Montessori follows the Idaho Content Standards by which all public schools in the state abide. The Montessori approach to learning meets and generally exceeds state standards after three years of enrollment in the school. If you cannot commit to keeping your child enrolled for at least three years, you may not see the gains we can achieve because the Montessori approach is based on a three-year cycle of learning.

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