Five communities make up the Concord Campus, where ages range from 2 months to 12 years. The campus facilities sit on 13 acres which includes 11 acres of woodland, trails, green spaces, small animal barn and children's gardens.
All levels at the Concord Campus retain the standards set forth by the Association Montessori International
(AMI). All teachers are AMI trained in addition to their Bachelor's or Graduate degrees.
In addition to the five communities at the Concord Campus, morning care, after care,
and summer camps are also available. Refer to each program's page for detailed information.
A Unique Environment
Dr. Montessori described her earliest schools as a "Casa Dei Bambini" which is Italian for "Children's House" to distinguish them from
institutional settings. Every classroom has access to gardens, a labyrinth, 13 acres of nature trails, vegetable plots, green playing space and a small animal
barn of chickens and goats. Children can have seamless flow between indoor and outdoor prepared environments.
Hands-on work with the natural environment is uniquely and fully integrated with the Montessori materials, their creative expression and
academic abstraction. Hershey Montessori continues that legacy in its physical design, daily life and application of the Montessori method.
A continuum of quality according to international AMI standards is experienced by children from infancy through age twelve. The consistency of approach by
the Montessori faculty creates a unique learning community that supports high expectations and academic rigor grounded in developmentally appropriate activity.
The sense of community is evident throughout the campus. Two kitchens are constantly in use by children as they prepare nutritious, fresh food in
service to each other. Older children work with younger children and develop a strong sense of responsibility and awareness of their role as models and nurturers.
The Concord Campus is comprised of 5 communitites:
Parent-Infant Community: 2 months through walking
A part-time community for parents to attend with their infants. This community meets every Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Young Child Community: 12 to 30 months
Choices of four or five mornings, school day, or All Day Montessori offering All Day Care the Montessori way.
Primary Community: 30 months to 6 ½ years
A five-morning program for children between 2 /12 to 5 years. Extended Day continues throughout the afternoon for children 5 and 6 years of age.
Early Elementary Community: 6 to 9 years old
A fully accredited Montessori Elementary program where Montessori teachers integrate the arts, music, physical fitness and foreign
language along with specialists from each discipline.
Upper Elementary Community: 9 to 12 years old
A fully accredited Montessori Elementary program where Montessori teachers integrate the arts, music, physical fitness and
foreign language along with specialists from each discipline. Each year begins with a community building camping trip.
Morning and After Care - 2 1/2 to 12 Years
Morning care is open between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. After Care consists of the following:
2 1/2 to 5 year olds remain with their community for lunch and then leave for a siesta and quiet activities in an activity room that
offers a relaxed homelike setting and access to the outdoors.
3:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m. Older children join After Care. Children enjoy a family like community playing board games, puzzles, crafting and enjoy free flow
between the indoor activity rooms and the outdoors. Students also avail of the gym, and music room. A nutritious snack is offered
that is commonly prepared and served with the aid of the children themselves.
4:40 - 6:00 p.m. After Care activities continue.
Early Start and Late Dismissal options are also available for children under 2 ½ years (see YCC Montessori All-Day for more information)
Extra-Curricular Options For the Elementary Child
Making full use of our beautiful facilities and community resources, we offer additional choices of activity for elementary aged children after school.
The "After School Options Program" offers activities and classes for current Hershey Montessori families only. Each activity is independently designed and
administered by specialists or coaches. Classes and activities vary by season and can include:
Drama & Dance
Japanese culture and language
Running & Orienteering
Elementary students in the After Care community may choose to enroll in these additional classes (class fees are determined by the presenter).
For Parents and Children Under Six
Also offering and extra curricular option for parents, caregivers and their children under six years.
Primary Summer Program
Catering to children ages 2 1/2 to 6+ years, the Primary Summer Program is 7 to 8 weeks during Mid June to
Early August. Montessori and experienced staff design weekly themes that engage the children in areas such as:
Drama, Photography, Gardening and International Cultures. Indoor outdoor environments provide the perfect venue for young
children on warm summer days. Children enjoy retaining their school friendships in a fun and relaxing atmosphere
where Montessori principles such as safety, respect, kindness and community prevail. Learn more...
Elementary Summer Program
The Elementary camp caters to children ages 6 to 12+ years and spans 4 weeks in July. This program combines arts
and sciences within the context of the natural environments of the Concord Campus and the Huntsburg Campus farm.
Montessori skills and enrichment time is built into the program. The 11 acre natural green space, woodland trails,
gardens, mini farm and pond on the Concord Campus create the perfect outdoor classroom for creative and
scientific endeavor throughout the summer days. Learn more...
In addition, children take weekly trips to area natural resources such as wetlands, lakeshore, Metro Park
and Holden Arboretum to extend their exploration of natural science and also enjoy outings to regional cultural
offerings. Weekly work on the Huntsburg campus farm adds diversity to the program which is designed by Montessori
staff. Children from outside of Hershey are welcome to join our elementary students in this unique program. Learn more...
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