Montessori School Rochester Relocates and Grows Footprint by Five Times

Enrollment Increase and Additional Middle School Students for Fall 2018 Drive Expansion

The Montessori School Rochester (Spirit of the Child LLC) today announced that it has relocated to allow for increasing enrollment and expanded educational programming. The school is now located at 3976 S. Livernois Rd. at W. South Blvd. in Rochester Hills on the site of the former Oakland Steiner School.

The Montessori School Rochester

The Montessori School Rochester

The school was the brainchild of Rochester Hills’ residents Ron and Joanne Shango.  Joanne Shango, who serves as the Head of School, has more than 20 years of experience in Montessori education. As a mother, she was unable to find an authentic and affordable Montessori School education in Greater Rochester for her own children, so she took matters into her own hands.

“Education is one of the most important gifts we can give our children,” said Joanne Shango. “I knew we needed to make this happen—for our children and the children of our family, friends and neighbors. We’ve had tremendous community support and without it this school would not have been possible.”

Joanne Shango, Head of School

Joanne Shango, Head of School

The Montessori School Rochester opened in 2012 with 27 students in a 7,000 sq. ft. building on S. Rochester Rd., also in Rochester Hills. The new school is approximately 35,000 sq. ft. and employs a team of more than 25 teachers, administrators, and support staff. It also includes a large gymnasium, kitchen with in-house, healthy catering by professional chefs, as well as facilities for expanded art and music education. The move also allows the school to expand its curriculum into adolescent education. Beginning in fall 2018, The Montessori School Rochester will accept students through the eighth grade and expects have more than 200 students enrolled.

The school’s teachings are based on the philosophy developed by Maria Montessori. Her pioneering work created a blueprint for educating children, from learning disabled to the gifted and for helping children become self-motivated, independent and lifelong learners.

The goal of the school is to offer every child a safe and nurturing environment to grow and thrive, while fostering a love of learning while building a strong foundation of academic achievement, social awareness and self confidence in every student.


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  1. Wonderful school and amazing teaching staff and administration. Here you can really find an authentic Montessori education and a caring family environment. Would recommmend to all who have children and are wanting an alternative education that will put your them on the road to success intellectually but also in the realm of human compassion and independence.

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