Montessori Early School: Cultivating a Desire to Learn


Students at The Grosse Pointe Academy begin their educational journey in the nurturing environment of the Academy’s Early School, the longest continuously operating Montessori program in Michigan. Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy advocates the belief that early childhood education should cultivate a child’s desire to learn. Children are given the freedom to explore the excitement of learning on their own while perfecting individual talents under the loving guidance of teachers.

Half Day Options
Three Day (MWF mornings – ages 2 1/2 – 3)
Half Day (M-F mornings – ages 2 1/2 – 4)

Full Day Options
Three Day Plus 3 (MWF mornings and afternoons – ages 2 1/2 – 3)
Half Day Plus 3 (M-F mornings and MWF, afternoons ages 2 1/2 – 4)
Five Full Day (ages 2 1/2 – 4)
Kindergarten (Full Day, M-F, 5 year olds)
Before and After Care programs are available. Before Care begins at 7:30 a.m. and After Care runs until 6 p.m.

The Montessori environment builds independence and perseverance, while fostering creativity and critical thinking skills. In fact, Montessori has produced some of the greatest entrepreneurs since Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, with the founders of Google, Amazon, and Wikipedia all having attended Montessori schools.

Life skills such as confidence, social relations, care of the environment, and development of motor skills with hands-on activities, lead to each child’s ability to process abstract information in later school years. The practical life area provides a foundation for each child’s work habits and helps develop courteous behavior. The sensorial materials in the Montessori classroom help refine the senses and are an indirect preparation for the future study of language, writing and mathematics. Early exposure to social studies, science, French, art, music, creative movement and physical education round out each child’s education and prepare him or her for a lifetime love of learning.

To request an appointment or for further information, please fill out our Online Admissions Inquiry form or contact our Assistant Head of School for Admissions and Marketing, Katherine Thompson at (313) 886-1221 or email