Peninsula Montessori Schools Establish Task Force to Explore Regional Middle School Concept

HAMPTON ROADS, VA - Gloucester Montessori, Hampton Roads International Montessori and Williamsburg Montessori have agreed to explore the feasibility of launching a jointly managed middle school on the peninsula. A task force made up of board members and staff from the three schools has been created and will evaluate the opportunity.

The proposed school would build upon Williamsburg Montessori's existing middle school program, which recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. The partnership would also introduce a Montessori middle school path to students at Gloucester Montessori and Hampton Roads International Montessori. "Establishing an adolescent program is a major component of our 10-year strategic plan. By partnering with others, our path is streamlined and timeframe shortened," says Michelle D'Antonio, Head of School at Hampton Roads International Montessori. "I have already been approached by families interested in seeing this relationship succeed. We look forward to working with our peer institutions in order to make this happen," added Pat Landau, Program Director at Gloucester Montessori.

The Yorktown waterfront, equally situated between all three Montessori schools, is a preferred campus location. "Aquaculture and the study of marine life have long been major components of our hands-on approach to teaching the sciences. And 10 years ago, when we first started the middle school program, we were located at The Waterman's Museum in Historic Yorktown. So a move back to the river simply means a return to our roots," states Sandy Andrews, Head of School at Williamsburg Montessori.

Board members from the three Montessori schools will lead the task force, including Gloucester Montessori Board Chair Wrenn Kibler, Hampton Roads International Montessori Board Treasurer Mike Flaherty and Williamsburg Montessori Board Chair Burton Baker. A final recommendation from the task force is expected by late spring of 2019. If the task force recommends proceeding with the concept, approval by each school's board of directors will be required.

For more information, contact Sandy Andrews at (757) 565-0977 in Williamsburg, Michelle D'Antonio at (757) 873-8950 in Newport News or Pat Landau at (804) 693-6455 in Gloucester.

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