Hockessin Montessori School

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Basic Information

Address: 1000 Old Lancaster Pike Hockessin, DE
County: New Castle County
School District: Red Clay Consolidated School District
Phone Number: 302-234-1240
Fax Number: 302-234-6950

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Hockessin Montessori School

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Additional Information

President: Janette Henry, M.Ed., M.B.A.
School Type: Montessori
Founded: 1963
Ages/Grades: 12 months old - Eighth Grade
School Size: 140
Classroom Size: 20
Student/Teacher Ratio: varies with grade level

$8,000 - $15,500

Financial Aid:

Financial Assistance is available

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Computer class offered weekly, iPAD technology, Smart Board technology

School Championships:


School Clubs:

Student Council, Dance Club, Tennis Club, Computer Club, Sewing club,

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Yes, on-site parking available

Uniform Guidelines:

No uniform required

Admissions Requirements:

Rolling admission during school year

Mission Statement:

The Hockessin Montessori School provides excellence in education for our community. We support and encourage each individual in realizing their full potential by using an innovative and progressive Montessori methodology to develop academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally and morally in a nurturing and secure environment. We guide each student to become a responsible and knowledgeable global citizen.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our Guiding Principles:
PATIENCE: We believe that patience is one of the most important cornerstones of being a teachers. Patience allows the teacher to work with each child at their own pace, as we recognize that all students learn differently and at varying speeds.

ENCOURAGEMENT: Each day, the faculty and staff at HMS help children appreciate their own work and behavior through encouragement. We make relationships a priority by carrying on respectful dialogue and by focusing on the positive.

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: We are proud to be a school that maintains strong academic standards. Combining both the Montessori materials and philosophy with traditional teaching tools and methods, we provide an exemplary program that fosters academic growth.

COOPERATIVE LEARNING: HMS focuses on developing cooperative learning situations in which individuals seek outcomes that are beneficial to themselves and beneficial to all other group members. At HMS small groups of students work together to maximize their own and each other's learning.

ENTHUSIASM: By fostering a love of learning, we believe that children will naturally have enthusiasm to explore a subject even further. In the same regard, the teachers at HMS are committed to sharing their own passion and zeal for learning.

FOLLOWING THE CHILD: Curriculum, criteria, and courses are developed by following the child. We believe that when a child is interested in a topic, she will be motivated to investigate it even further. Subjects are always presented in a way that is both challenging and based on the student's individual needs and abilities, regardless of their grade or age.

UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION: HMS provides compassionate and understanding classroom environments in which students are understood to be complex people. Here, students feel that they belong. Here, they meet challenge and encouragement while we ask them to be the best versions of themselves. Compassionate classrooms are places where student voices and student ideas are prioritized.

LEADERSHIP: Quality leaders are self motivated. They possess problem solving, decision making, and strategic planning skills. Each of these skills is integral parts of the Montessori philosophy and students are provided opportunities to enhance these skills each and every day within our environment.

School History:

The Hockessin Montessori School/Wilmington Montessori Association began in 1963. Two separate sites were established in 1975, one in Arden and the other in Yorklyn. Both were governed by a parent Board of Trustees. By 1981 The Hockessin Montessori School was incorporated separately, retaining the original charter. For the following ten years, The Hockessin Montessori School changed locations several times, finally residing in the Educational Annex of St. Mary's of the Assumption Church.

As enrollment increased from twenty-seven students, in 1991, to ninety-two students in 1994, the Board of Trustees clearly saw the need to provide HMS with a permanent home. During this time of increased enrollment, parental interest also increased resulting in HMS opening our first Primary Classroom for the 1992-1993 school year, serving students in first through third grade. After extensive searching, the Board of Trustees successfully acquired the 27,000 square foot building and its surrounding eleven acres that we now occupy. We proudly opened our doors in September of 1995, after three months of completely renovating two-thirds of the building, The 1996-1997 school year saw the opening of our Elementary program serving students in fourth through sixth grade.

We again expanded the school in the 2000 by adding a new library and gymnasium. In addition, we expanded our campus by purchasing an additional adjacent 3 acres.

In 2002, as the enrollment of the school hovered close to 200 students, parent interest in a Montessori Middle School Program arose. HMS spent two years researching the intricacies of implementing such a program for seventh and eighth graders, and was finally proud to open the Delaware Valley's first Montessori Middle School in September of 2004.

The 2005-2006 school-year was marked by a period of change. HMS saw the renovation of a school wing for the Middle School, the creation of a one-way loop road through the campus, the addition of 50 parking spaces and the completion of our athletic field, enhancing both our Physical Education and our Summer Camp Programs.

The 2007-2008 school-year saw the opening of our first Young Toddler program for children ages 12 months through 20 months.