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Blue Ridge Montessori School was started 18 years ago, in 1999, as a service to the Beaverdam Community of Asheville, North Carolina for the development of children ages 2.5 through 6 years old using the traditional Montessori pre-school education curriculum.

We are a fully accredited school in North Asheville, with Gayle Rayfield as the principle. She is trained in early childhood Montessori education and holds a masters degree from The College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California.

What is Montessori Philosophy?

The Montessori education model was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in the 1900’s to assist children in learning through a prepared environment based on the child’s age. Children are encouraged to work on jobs or as a group or individually at their own pace in areas, such as art, math, literature, music, geography, and history. The program takes children from concrete to abstract understanding of educational material and from the big picture to detailed studies.

The program is designed to open children’s imagination, encourage independence and self-esteem, and develop kindness and courtesy towards others. It helps children learn by observation, and exploration in a joyful, peaceful environment where skills and knowledge of their society are mastered.