Ages 3-6

​The Montessori Primary classroom is focused on: 

  • Fostering the growth of functional independence, task persistence and self-regulation.

  • Promoting social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences.

  • Offering a large variety of materials for the refinement of sensory perception and the development of literacy and mathematical understanding.

  • Offering opportunities for imaginative exploration leading to confident, creative self-expression.

Curriculum components: 

  • Sensorial

  • Practical Life

  • Language 

  • Mathematics

  • Arts

  • Culture

  • Science

Class Size:

Unlike some private schools, which strive for very small classes, Montessori values the lessons of community when the size of the class is somewhat larger. Montessori classes for children might include 20–30 students whose ages span 3 years. There is typically one trained Montessori guide and several Montessori classroom assistants guiding the classroom. All members of the community benefit from this set-up. Older students are proud to act as role models; younger ones feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead.

School hours: 

Monday - Friday 8:15am - 3:30pm 

Before and Aftercare Options: 

Before care: 7:30am - 8:15am

After care: 3:30pm - 5:30pm 


See our Tuition page for information on pricing.



Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page, or email us at with your questions. Thank you! 

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Phone: (515) 306-4593



4801 Franklin Avenue #1159

Des Moines, IA 50310

Birchwood Montessori is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment or admissions on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law. Any employee, board member, potential family, volunteer or client who believes that they or any other affiliate of Birchwood Montessori has been discriminated against is strongly encouraged to report this concern promptly to the Director.