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1110 College NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503




Infant/Toddler Students

Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19: Home Visits for new students--Parents of students who are new to our infant/toddler program will be contacted by their child's teacher to schedule a visit at home during this week. The purpose of the home visit is to allow your child to meet the teacher in a comfortable and safe environment. This helps children in the transition. They know the adult is safe and reliable. That adult has even been to our home!

Monday, August 22 to Friday, August 26: Separation Process for new students--During this week, parents are asked to attend school with their child. While in the classroom, the parent will be invited to sit quietly in the room while the child works and explores. This assists a child in making a smooth transition to a new environment. The parent's presence signals safety to the children and allows them to settle in with less anxiety. The teacher will talk to each parent about how and when to leave the room. The teacher will also talk with you about the schedule for the week.

Monday, August 22 to Friday, August 26: Normal Schedule for Returning Students--For students returning to our infant/toddler program, Monday August 22 marks the return to our regular schedule.

Children's House and Elementary Students

Monday, August 22: Meetings with Teachers for New Students--New and transitioning students have an opportunity to meet their teachers individually. Children will be introduced to the classroom and allowed to explore. New parents will receive an email with a link to schedule a time for this interview.

Tuesday, August 23 to Thursday, August 24: Student Orientation for New & Transitioning Students--This is a time for new and transitioning students to explore their classroom together and get comfortable with rules and routines before the rest of the student body begins school. Please plan for your child to attend school from 8:00-10:50 AM every day. We will use car line each of those days. This is an important time to practice car line so that students feel comfortable

Monday, August 29: First Day of School--School starts back to its normal schedule!!!

A transitioning student prepares a tag for his cubby.

A transitioning student prepares a tag for his cubby.

School Supplies

Unlike traditional schools, we do not have extensive lists of what your child requires for school. There are a few basics for every child that we do ask:

  • A backpack or bag to carry work between school and home
  • A lunchbox clearly labeled with your child's name
  • Indoor shoes to wear in the classroom

Your child's teacher will let you know if there are other things your child needs. Some classes have shared supplies for the classroom, and you may be asked to donate to those supplies. 

Fall Enrollment

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-17 Academic Year in those programs where space is available.  In order to be considered, parents must attend a tour or contact the office.

If interested, parents should:

1. Attend a tour of the school.

2. Schedule a classroom observation by emailing the office at or calling (616) 451-8627.

3. Complete an online application.

Montessori Notes

Stepping Stones Montessori School was founded in 1983 by a dedicated group of parents and Montessori educators who recognized the benefits that a sound, individualized, and continuous Montessori program can offer a child. Today, as the oldest private Montessori school in Grand Rapids, Stepping Stones Montessori continues to provide an outstanding educational environment.