Montessori Applications

RRPS Montessori Accepting Applications
Posted on 01/23/2019

The RRPS Montessori program at Sandia Vista Elementary is currently accepting applications.  For more information please contact:

Ms. Veronica Valdez,
(505) 338-256 Ext. 126
Ms. Jasmine Stewart,
(505) 338-256 Ext. 127

Flyer (downloadable .pdf) / Montessori program web site

Through the state’s Open Enrollment Act, the Montessori program accepts students throughout the Rio Rancho district and from outside the district on a space-available basMontessori studentsis.  Parents of students who reside outside the Sandia Vista Elementary attendance boundary must provide their own transportation. 

The Sandia Vista Montessori program, begun by RRPS in 2009, is one of a handful of public school-based Montessori programs in the nation.  It offers a child-centered, alternative method of teaching based on theories of child development originated by Italian educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952).  The Montessori method places children into a carefully-structured, multi-age-level classroom environment which gives them the opportunity to learMontessori students doing mathn at their own pace and in their own way through discovery and experimentation. Teachers are specially trained to work with students in the Montessori environment.

Students in the program are expected to learn the same material in the core subjects expected of all other Rio Rancho students, but may learn the material in a different way.  They are required to take the standardized tests required by the state. 

The Montessori program is free for students in grades K-5, who are funded by the state through the state's public schools funding formula.  The state does not fund the Montessori pre-kindergarten program, so parents enrolling their children in pre-K Montessori are required to pay tuition.