Preschool in Cincinnati, OH 45230
6421 Corbly St
Cincinnati, OH 45230
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Sands Montessori was the first public elementary Montessori school in the United States. The first site opened in 1975 and was located in Mt. Adams. It was named Children’s House and opened with an enrollment of 200 students. The program opened to satisfy a desegregation suit against the Cincinnati Public School District and was called an Alternative Program. Nancy Rambusch, who introduced Montessori to the United States in the early 60’s, designed the program.
The success of the Montessori school prompted the expansion of the program. A second and third site (Children’s House West and Children’s House Central) were opened. They were located in small areas of Oyler and Heberle Schools.
All three locations were combined in 1979 and moved to the Sands Elementary building at 940 Poplar Street. The name was changed to Sands Montessori School.
In August 2002 the district moved the school from the West End of Cincinnati to the Mount Washington area on the Far East side of the city.
The success of the Montessori program proves that when you create a balanced school social system for children – one that carefully mixes children by age, race, income and neighborhood , they will thrive and be successful. Poor children can overcome their poverty when their basic needs are met at an early age and they are exposed to the rich and diverse culture in which they live.
The school is a win-win situation for everyone – the children, parents, school system, neighborhood and the future of our City.
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