Montessori Learning Program

Now enrolling for the 2022-23 school year!

*Enrolling students age for Primary Age 3, 4 and 5 and

Elementary grades 1st and 2nd! *

Contact or call 602-707-2518 for assistance!

*Summer Office Contact ( June- July) : Alicia Pierson or 602-707-2500.

What is Montessori Education?

The Montessori approach to early childhood education will begin that process in a joyful, secure, and loving environment in which your young child will thrive.

The Early Childhood level, for children ages 3-5, encourages preschoolers to explore and discover, to collaborate with classmates, and to take ownership of their education. The Montessori Method encourages self-directed learning that promotes self-confidence, independent thought and action, and critical thinking, while fostering social-emotional and intellectual growth.

Education for peace is a foundational component of Montessori education at all levels. At the Early Childhood level, the teaching of peace, social justice, and global citizenship is based on fostering respect for all people and living things, and helping children learn the tools for peaceful conflict resolution.

- American Montessori Society

Why choose Osborn and Montecito Community School for Montessori?

Osborn approaches Montessori education in the same way it does its other programs, with a desire to make it the best learning environment for each learner. The Osborn School District and Montecito Community School echo Maria Montessori's vision of a world that values equity and diversity while allowing children to grow into the best possible version of themselves.

What sets Montecito's program apart:

  • As we are part of public school district, free breakfast and lunch are provided for all students

  • Montecito Annual Tuition: $6500 vs. Average Annual Montessori Preschool Tuition in Phoenix: $13,000

  • Tuition-free at 5 years old (kindergarten age)

  • Programmatic Structure includes: Primary ( ages 3-5), Lower Elementary ( grades 1-3), and Upper Elementary ( grades 4-6).

  • We are program that is building to grade 8 -- you will not have to worry about switching your child to a different school once they have completed preschool!

  • Located in Central Phoenix, close to the 51 and 10 freeways

  • Strict adherence to COVID-19 safety and sanitizing protocols to keep students safe while allowing them freedom and exploration.

  • Highly Qualified AMI/AMS Montessori Guides with State of Arizona Teaching Licenses.

  • Access to a range of Osborn School District's supports -- including Social Workers, partnerships such as Valle del Sol, parent education, child nutrition etc.

  • DES Assistance Eligible Program

Tuition Schedule

Full Day (4 year olds)

Annual: $6500

Monthly: $650

Daily rates (billed monthly)*: $36.11

One-Time Registration Fee (non-refundable): $25

Half-Day (3 year olds)

Annual: $4500

Monthly: $450

Daily rates (billed monthly): $25

One-Time Registration Fee (non-refundable): $25


Department of Economic Security (DES) Assistance Eligible Program

If you are eligible to receive financial assistance through DES, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Your daily co-pay as determined by DES

  • Any difference between the daily rate that is subsidized by DES and our daily rate (*Daily rates based on annual tuition and 180 operating days)

  • Submit required documentation


Osborn School District Staff will receive a 10% discount on tuition


Payments are due on the 1st of each month

  • 10% late charge fee will be added to monthly dues for payments not submitted by the 5th of each month

  • A $35 fee will be assessed for cancelled checks

  • Payments are accepted on a weekly or monthly basis by credit card, check, or cash.

  • Registration fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable

  • Late pick-ups are billed at $15 per 15 minute interval

Program Hours for the 2022-2023 School Year

Breakfast will be served from 7:30am - 7:50am. This is an optional breakfast time for families if so desired. Otherwise school starts for all students at 8:00 am.

3 year-old class hours: 8:00 am - 12:00pm (Extended day available)

4 year-old and up: 8:00am - 3:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

8:00 am - 1:00pm on Wednesdays

Dress Code

School uniforms are not required for the Montessori Program. Should you choose to send your child in a uniform it consists of a solid navy blue, collared shirt and khaki bottoms or dress.

If you purchased a Montessori Spirit shirt, it can be worn at anytime.

Closed-toe shoes.

Face mask of any color (optional)

Two changes of clothes including underwear ( for Primary aged students).

Montessori Family Handbook for 2022-2023: Coming Soon!