Camelback to Host Montessori Program

Posted by Community Relations Department on 1/18/2012

Camelback High School will host the first Montessori High School program in Arizona, beginning with a freshman class in August, 2012.  Called the Camelback Montessori College Preparatory, the program will start with 25 ninth-graders and add 25 students each year to a capacity of 100 students.  Applications for 2012-2013 ninth-graders are now available, and will be accepted until January 31.  For more information on the Camelback Montessori College Preparatory program, call Camelback High School at (602) 764-7000.  Applications are available at

The idea for a Montessori program was right next door.  Principal Dr. Chad Gestson visited with Villa Montessori School, located across the street from the high school, and there was interest from school officials and parents to be able to continue students’ Montessori education.

Montessori schools, named after Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori, feature a discovery model, with students learning from activities, materials and projects, not from direct instruction.  Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP), learning takes place in longer blocks of time, and often, not in a classroom.  Students are more independent and can choose learning activities.