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Canutillo to launch first public Montessori program in El Paso

The Canutillo Independent School District will be the home of the first public Montessori program in the El Paso region at Gonzalo & Sofia Garcia Elementary School starting next month. 

The District will have a press conference and media availability to announce the launch of the Montessori Program in Canutillo ISD at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31 – the 152nd birthday of Montessori founder Maria Montessori – at Garcia Elementary, 6550 Westside Dr. 

Canutillo will offer free, full-day and dual-language Montessori pre-kinder classes for students who will be three years old during the 2022-23 school year. The program will start on Sept. 19 and will be limited to 11 students. Preference will be given to students who live within the Canutillo ISD boundaries, but open slots will be available to students who live anywhere else in El Paso County. 

“Canutillo continues to show why it is the Best Small School District in Texas and the region’s only Triple-A Rated District by being the first to offer this innovative educational opportunity to our families,” said Superintendent Dr. Pedro Galaviz. “The Montessori Program will allow us to further diversify our curriculum and reach an even greater number of students seeking more educational opportunities.” 

The Montessori method was founded with the belief that students learn at their own pace using self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play that relies on auto-education rather than traditional lesson plans. The five key principles of the Montessori method are: 

  1. Respect for the child;
  2. The absorbent mind; 
  3. Sensitive learning periods; 
  4. The prepared learning environment; and 
  5. Auto-education. 

Students who will be considered for the program should be 3 years old, be potty-trained, have basic communication skills already developed and be able to get dressed independently. The District’s Montessori guides will be assessing students for potential success in the program. 

An open house for interested parents is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Garcia Elementary. For more information, please contact Garcia Elementary at 915-877-1200 or [email protected].


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