Kindergarten in the Children's House (5 - 6 years)

Kindergarten is the capstone year in the Children's House where everything comes together in an explosion of learning and excitement.


In Montessori, kindergarten children are given the opportunity to work in an environment prepared specifically for them using materials purposefully designed to meet their development needs and to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration.

Children are free to choose work that the Guide has presented to them from the areas of practical life, sensorial, mathematics, and language, which encompasses the areas of culture, art, music, geography, and so on. It is a social environment in which children learn to cooperate, share, and help others.

The Children’s House community is comprised of children of mixed ages. Children between the ages of two-and-a-half to six-and-a-half all share the same environment, and each child has the same Guide for three to four years. In the mixed-age setting, the children learn from one another. Younger children get a preview of future work by watching the older children. Older children reinforce their knowledge by sharing it with younger children. All the children learn to work with others of different ages and abilities, to respect each other’s work and work space, and to treat each other with courtesy. 

Program Details:

Age Range: 5-6 years

Weekly Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 3:30pm

Enrichment Center Availability:

     Before School: 7:30am - 8:30am
     After School: 3:30pm - 5:30pm


quotesI became such a believer in the Montessori education principles and the environment my daughter was being nurtured in that I committed to their all-day Kindergarten, and now their 1st grade elementary program. The true enjoyment and dedication I view from the guides (teachers) and staff at WBMS correlates to the great learning environment my child brings home continuously. Don't look for a daycare... look for White Bear Montessori School for your pre-K child.

2017 - 2018 Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the upcoming school year will be published in January of the year prior.

Download the full Statement of Tuition and Fees for this program.

Children's House Kindergarten


8:30-3:30, M-F

Five Full Days

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Before and After School Care:

Care is available as either a contracted or drop-in option. Contracts are available in the office. Please see office staff for more information.

  • Children's House and Elementary Care is available as a contractual option at a monthly rate based on $7.00 perhour. Drop-in care may be available (subject to space availability) with approval from the Before and After Care Guide at a rate of $7.50 per hour. Care is available 7:30-8:30a.m. and 3:30-5:30p.m. in the Enrichment Center.


Program Eligibility:

Children entering their Kindergarten year must be 5 years old before September 1st of that school year.

Program Fees and Discounts:

In addition to tuition, please plan for the following fees and discounts:

  • Application Fee: $50 New Applicants Only (one per family)
    This is a one-time Application Fee per family and is non-refundable. This is for new applicants and should be attached to the application form. Families enrolling in the Parent/Infant Program are exempt from this fee.

  • Annual Enrollment Fee: $400 per student 
    An Annual Enrollment Fee of $400 is required with a completed Enrollment Contract. This fee is non-refundable and does not apply to the Parent/Infant Class. 

  • Snack Fee: $160.00 per student
    This fee covers snack that is provided in the classrooms each day. This fee will be added to your first invoice.

  • Community Enrichment Fee: $100.00 per family
    This fee covers the cost of two tickets per family to the annual spring event, childcare for parent education nights, and community events such as the Hoedown and our Ice Cream Social. This fee will be added to your first invoice.
  • Field Trip Fee: $65.00 per Kindergarten and Elementary student only
    This one-time fee covers the cost of field trips that Kindergarten and Elementary children go on during the year. Permission slips will be sent out prior to each field trip for parents to sign. This fee will be added to your first invoice.

  • Sibling Discount: 
    For each family with more than one child attending WBMS, a 5% sibling discount will be applied to the child with the highest tuition. Only one discount per family will be applied. 

  • *Capstone Credit: 
    Each child will receive a $500 discount for each year they have completed in the Children’s House. This discount will be applied to their Kindergarten year, up to $1,000. This rewards families whose child completes the critical 3-year cycle in Children’s House.