Welcome to Our Family

Alpine Montessori provides children with a hands-on learning experience and encourages decision making, sparking their desire to seek a lifetime of learning.

You can bid on items until 9pm on September 29. You can bid online and also by text! Follow the link above to our Bidr website or send a text message with the word “alpine” to (855) 735-2437 (BIDR) to join the auction.

Support Alpine Montessori School at the Honky Tonk Block Party from 6:30 to 9:30pm on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, on historic Murphy Street in Alpine! All proceeds from this dinner, street dance, and silent auction will benefit our school. There will be music by The Doodlin' Hogwallops and Anthony Ray Wright, dinner by FishCat Cafe, beer and wine from Twin Peaks Liquor and Big Bend Brewing Company, and our awesome silent auction.
Every dollar earned at our fall benefit block party will be doubled, thanks to a generous $10,000 donation that must be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by December 1, 2017. The money from this fundraising campaign will go towards expanding the school through 8th grade, increasing teacher salaries, and general building maintenance.

Please consider helping us meet this fundraising goal. Visit our donations page, or donate using the PayPal button below:


The Alpine Montessori community is extremely grateful for the many generous businesses and families who have contributed to our silent auction and fall fundraising campaign:
12 Gage Restaurant & The Gage Hotel
Alejandra Villalobos & George Rankin
Alpine Guest Lodging
Alpine Studio and Bottle House B&B
Amanda Calhoun
Amelie Urbanczyk
Americana
Amy Ellis
Anthony Ray Wright
Austin Detours
Austin Motel
Avram Dumitrescu & Megan Wilde
Ballroom Marfa
Big Bend Brewing Company
Big Bend Coffee Roasters
Big Bend Saddlery
BikeMan
Blue Water Natural Foods
Bob Sutherland
Broken Anvil Blacksmithing
B's Day Spa: Abby Gallego and Lacy Schniers
Bullock Texas History Museum
Carol Fairlie
Cathy Wright Learning for Life
Cedar Coffee Supply
Ceil Drucker
Century Club Bar & Grill
Cibolo Creek Ranch
Cobos Lube
Coopers BBQ
Cow Dog
Creosote Bush Salve Co.
Cristina & Victor Noriega
Curtis & Cheryl Lilley
Elise Sibley Chandler
Elliott Ybarra
Emily Harman
Eve's Garden Organic Bed & Breakfast
FishCat Cafe
Front Street Books
Gregory Tegarden
Heather & John Harrell
High Desert Yoga & Maggie McCollum
Highland Drug
Hilton Garden Inn
Holland Hotel
Hotel Ritchey Wine Saloon
Hotel Saint George
India & Jerrold Welborn
Iron Cactus
Ivey Enterprises & The Holiday Hotel
Jean O'Cuilinn
Jeffrey Meyer
Jennifer Boomer & Neil Trammell
Jett's Grill & The Hotel Paisano
Joe & Lana Duncan/The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft
Julia Ferjo
Juliana Johnson
Kiowa Gallery
Lajitas Golf Resort
Liz & Hiram Sibley
Lonn Taylor
Louisa & Jack Mayfield
Marfa Brand Soap
Marlys Hersey
Mary-Elizabeth Thompson
Mendias & Co. Urban Day Spa
Mercury Graphics
Moon Drop Body Care
Morrison True Value
Murphy Street Mercado
Oasis Tire
Patricia & Louis Harveson
Perky Press
Pilates in the Barn
Plaine/Frama/Tumbleweed Laundry
Rachael Waller
Reata Restaurant
Robert Nin
Sandi Schaffer
Sul Ross Theatre Program
Taste & See Bakery
The Capri
The Cheshire Cat Antiques
The Chinati Foundation
The Doodlin' Hogwallops
The Starlight Theatre Restaurant and Saloon
The Smokin' Cuban
The Swifts
The Texas Ranch House Too
Tom & Susan Curry
Tony Curry
Twin Peaks Liquors
UTEP Dinner Theater
Vickie Wilson
Viva Big Bend




Thank you for visiting our website!

posted Sep 6, 2017, 9:32 AM by Alpine Montessori

Please enjoy the posts below from previous years. More recent news regarding our day-to-day activities can be found on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AlpineMontessori/

2016-2017 Enrollment

posted Jun 24, 2016, 5:15 PM by Amy E

While our school is continuing to operate at a reduced enrollment level for summer sessions, we are still accepting applications for incoming students for the fall. Our summer sessions are available to those who are enrolled for the upcoming school year.

Our primary program (ages 3-6) requires that students be fully potty-trained. Parents are invited to make an appointment to meet with the teachers by calling or emailing our administrator. All of our forms for application, including the Parent Handbook, are available in our "Forms & Files" section found in the left-hand sidebar. 

Our elementary program (ages 6-12) is currently full, but we are accepting applications for our "wait list". Please email or call to make an appointment to speak with the administrator about our elementary program. All forms are available in the "Forms & Files" section found in the left-hand sidebar.

We adhere to the Alpine Independent School District calendar as closely as possible. Following their dates, our first day of school will be August 22nd. We will have a Parent Orientation on the previous Friday. Whether you are a new family, or returning, we ask that you send at least one parent representative to the orientation.

Thinking about Montessori? Fall tours happening now!

posted Sep 2, 2015, 7:42 AM by Amelie Urbanczyk

Part of our mission at Alpine Montessori is to empower and inspire each student to reach her or his full academic, emotional, physical, and spiritual potential. There is so much happening at the school this year, we welcome you to call the office and schedule a tour in order to see for yourself. Our classes are still accepting students ages 3 to 12 for enrollment in the 2015-16 school year. Scholarships are available! Call today: 432-837-2173, or email admin@alpinemontessori.org. You can also find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AlpineMontessori) for a glimpse into the classrooms. We look forward to hearing from you!

2015-2016 Enrollment

posted May 26, 2015, 12:41 PM by Alpine Montessori

The school will be closed for the summer but you can still schedule campus tours and meetings with the administration and staff anytime! If you are considering Montessori for your child, we'd love to hear from you. Messages can be left on our office answering machine by calling (432)837-2173. We will check it weekly. However, email may offer a quicker response at admin@alpinemontessori.org. A good place to start as you navigate our website is the Forms and Files tab located in the left-hand margin. There you will find our Parent Handbook and enrollment forms, both loaded with information about our school. You can also check out our Facebook page to get a glimpse of how we spend our days. Thank you for considering Alpine Montessori. We look forward to hearing from you!

Spring and the Gardens of the Mind

posted Mar 21, 2015, 9:33 PM by Amy E   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 6:58 PM ]

As we head into the final stretch of our school year, we welcome spring and the resurgence of growth in the natural world. Spring is a time for new beginnings and planning for the crops we will tend and harvest in the coming seasons. Our elementary students are seeing the fruits of their studies as they learn to apply all of the skills they have gathered over the last three quarters. They will begin their work in the garden and further develop their observational skills while  seeing the direct impact of our water cycle during our impressive El Niño activity this season. As they deepen their understanding of the natural world, they are also exploring the cultures and history of other countries across the world. We draw these lessons together by highlighting the contributions of other cultures to our own, from the source of the modern roman alphabet to the birth of numbers.

Our third year primary students (kindergarten) have been invited in to participate in several lessons in the past quarter. They get a glimpse of what being in the elementary class could be like by having a chance to view our lessons and sit in on our discussions. We will bring them over to join us more frequently as the quarter progresses. 

This is the time of year in which choices for the future are on our minds. Families will make the decision whether to join us for the elementary cycles (6-9 and 9-12). We encourage families to set up a time to observe the classroom. The teachers are also available for meetings after school or on some weekends if parents would like to ask questions about how the elementary class works and what benefits it might confer to their child.

Our class of exiting kindergarten students are at a particular advantage if they choose to enter our elementary program. They will be working with teachers who know them well, with the support of the teachers who have guided them for the past several years. Our primary and elementary teachers work together to ensure that incoming kindergartners are met with work that challenges and inspires them.


We'd like to address a few reasons that parents choose to not enroll in the elementary program:

    My child will have a hard time adjusting to public school if they do not start their studies there in the first grade: We have students who enter our elementary program and stay for the entire 1-3rd grade cycle, we have students who exit any time from 4th to 6th grade — thus far, those students have been more likely to be on the honor roll in the public school they attend. The primary goal of our elementary curriculum is to give students the tools to learn on their own and the confidence to pursue their interests. With these skills, our students can tackle any situation with grace.

    My child will be left out if they don't meet with their peers in the public school and begin to forge friendships early: Over the years we have learned that children are very flexible and learn quickly to adapt to new situations. Montessori children often make friends easily because they are equipped with the confidence that an autonomous environment can instill. Sometimes adults can look at things like using lockers, switching classrooms, and the unfamiliar programs at the public school as being a terrific challenge for the incoming new student. In reality, our alumni have mastered these new situations within days, particularly when endowed with the positive sense of exploration and problem solving that we have nurtured in the Montessori classrooms.

    My child will be bored in a public school if they stay in the Montessori program for too long: We've observed the opposite in our alumni. Students in our program have their days full of various choices, and they realize that once they've finished one work it is time to begin another. If the work they are doing in their new environment is easily mastered, the children find other ways to challenge themselves. They often become leaders in their school community and find the time to volunteer and join enrichment programs. A Montessori student is never bored, they have the skills to expand their interests!

    It is too expensive: We continue to work toward growing our scholarship program and offer various levels of support. To this end we invite you to discuss options with the administration. We employ fundraising and grant writing in our efforts to boost our scholarship abilities and welcome suggestions and help. If you have ideas or talents that would benefit the school, be sure to mention this when you talk to the administrator about possible financial aid.

Please call or email admin@alpinemontessori.org to schedule an observation of the elementary classroom or a meeting with a teacher to discuss your child's elementary choices. Thank you for all that you do, and thank you for being a part of our family.

Now Enrolling!

posted May 21, 2014, 9:30 AM by Alpine Montessori   [ updated May 21, 2014, 9:33 AM ]

We are now accepting applications for admission to both our primary and elementary classes for the 2014-15 school year. Please call the office at 432-837-2173 to speak with Amelie about space for your child. We serve children ages 3 to 6 in the primary class, and 1st through 6th grades in the elementary class. To learn more about the school, consider scheduling a tour of the campus and be sure to peruse this site for more information. All newsletters from this year are available by clicking on the Newsletter link to the left. Take a look to see what we've been busy with all year! We look forward to hearing from families that are interested in our programs.

Considering Montessori for the elementary years?

posted Mar 25, 2014, 9:56 AM by Amelie Urbanczyk   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 10:04 AM ]

As parents of children in the primary classroom begin to ponder where their child will go to school next year, we would like to offer some websites that may help with their decision. Of course, we encourage all families to continue on the Montessori path to the extent that it is offered in their community. However, this is a big commitment and one that should be made with a full comprehension of what the Montessori method can offer a child after the primary years. When a child enters the elementary classroom in the first year, he will see many familiar materials, along with new and more advanced works, in a beautiful and carefully arranged environment. As he learns how to further his understanding of these familiar materials in a more advanced instruction, his mind opens to the many possible concepts that have culminated from the basic ideas introduced in the primary classroom. Even children with no previous Montessori exposure will thrive in a Montessori elementary classroom. While meeting all the age appropriate core requirements of a public school setting, the Montessori classroom allows the child time to go deep into a subject for optimum comprehension through long uninterupted work periods and varied curriculum choices. First hand accounts are the best testimony to what happens when children further their Montessori education into the elementary years. Please take a look at the following links to read more... and see for yourself and schedule an observation by calling the office today, 432-837-2173: 

http://www.montessori.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=328:why-we-chose-montessori-elementary&catid=52:choosing&Itemid=41 


http://leportschools.com/blog/five-differences-that-enable-montessori-elementary-students-to-thrive/ 


http://mariamontessori.com/mm/?page_id=485

Endings and Beginnings

posted Dec 8, 2013, 7:32 PM by Amy E   [ updated Mar 25, 2014, 10:02 AM by Amelie Urbanczyk ]

As our semester quickly draws to a close, we take a moment to look up and take stock of our year. The primary classroom is bustling with life and singing joyous songs every day no matter the season. The elementary classroom is full of exploration and inquisitive minds. We are all truly grateful to know the children and families in our Alpine Montessori family. 

We will celebrate the upcoming holidays with a program at the Granada Theater on December 17th at 6:30 p.m. The children should arrive no later than 6:15 to get prepared for their performance. Grandparents and friends are welcome to attend as we enjoy songs and performances from our primary and elementary children.

Speaking of new beginnings, are you shopping for a new electricity provider for the new year? If you are thinking of going with Green Mountain, use our link to sign up! Alpine Montessori School gets credits for your usage and it costs nothing extra to you. Follow this link and share it with friends to get rate comparisons and sign up today http://repsite2.gmrep.com/?RepID=3807

Good-bye Summer...

posted Sep 17, 2013, 11:06 AM by Amelie Urbanczyk   [ updated Oct 9, 2013, 7:09 PM by Amy E ]


This is the last official week of summer though for many of us it seems it ended on the first day of school. But if that's the case then at Alpine Montessori we have officially rebuffed the old thought that with summer goes all the fun. In fact, we are having a wonderful time!  New friendships are taking shape, along with new letters, words, numbers, theories... "new" to the little big minds that grace our school every day. This week we got a jump start on tree planting season (we've been counseled that November is the ideal time) and planted a beautiful apricot tree on the playground. There is nothing like planting a tree to help bridge a connection between oneself and the earth and we just couldn't wait to share this experience with the children. The elementary students got their hands dirty as we shoveled, watered, shoveled and watered, pausing every now and then to wave at the onlooking primary students at the window. When all was said and done we stood back and admired what we helped establish. Few in the elementary class will be here long enough to enjoy the shade that this tree will eventually bring to the playground, nor the fruit, but as we so often see here at the Montessori school, it is in the process where lies the reward. 













For Whom the Bell Tolls!

posted Aug 20, 2013, 2:02 PM by Amy E   [ updated Aug 20, 2013, 2:57 PM ]

The first day of school is coming up, and the staff are busy getting everything in order. The start of a new year is always exciting, we welcome back old friends and make new ones. Vickie Wilson will be taking the reigns as the director and has big, big plans for our upcoming school year. Our primary classrooms will be led by two certified Montessori teachers, Kristy Webb and Rhea Thomas. Marie returns with new ideas and a fresh eye towards the future with Amy standing beside her ready to learn. 

On Friday, August 23rd at 6:00 p.m. we will hold our Parent Orientation. It is very important that at least one parent or family representative attend this meeting, even for those of you who have been a part of our Montessori family for years. We will go over any changes and important guidelines at this meeting, along with answering questions from parents and introducing our new and returning staff members.

Our Amazon campaign is still going strong, if you order online please use the affiliate link at the top of our website before putting the item in your shopping cart and we receive 4-6% of your order to buy new materials for our classroom. In addition, we've started a scholarship campaign to try to help keep our tuition affordable for as many people as possible. Please share it with your friends, give a dollar or give twenty - every dollar counts towards our goal! 

1-10 of 36