Transitions: Changing Private Schools

Wed Feb 15

Transitioning into or out of a school can sometimes feel scary for parents and children alike, especially when they aren’t sure what to expect. We reached out to our community of families to get a feel for what that process was like for them, whether they were coming to Heartwood for the first time or transitioning into a traditional school environment after being immersed in the Montessori world. Our hope is that by sharing these experiences we can offer some peace to our current and prospective families during their decision making process.


Angela offered to share her family’s experience transitioning from a traditional private school to Heartwood, a private Montessori school.

“Our son’s transition to Heartwood Montessori has been an outstanding experience for him.  We were really stressed about the decision to change elementary schools, but the staff and teachers at Heartwood have been so welcoming and accommodating.  As a result, he felt “at home” from the very beginning, and made many fast friends. 

As parents, we are very happy with Heartwood’s welcoming culture, and are thrilled to see our son thriving.  We love the peaceful, casual atmosphere, and all of the teachers and staff are caring and focus deeply on the children.  His teachers really take the time to help him understand and improve, both academically and socially.  And our son loves the fact that the curriculum is self-paced so he can advance more quickly in some subjects and at a slower pace in others to ensure understanding.  The Montessori curriculum fosters independence, practical life skills, and leadership, so he’s learned so much in addition to academics.

Heartwood is such a caring place, and we couldn’t be more pleased.  Our family is so happy to have found Heartwood Montessori!”


For more transitions experiences, check out these families’ stories:

Planning for the 2021-22 School Year

Heartwood is not operating this school year due to COVID-19

Heartwood will reopen in a new location and will have a slight name change. The new name will be Heartwood Village Montessori. This is a group of teachers, former director, and dedicated families who wish to form a non-profit entity for HVM.

If you would like more information or are interested in joining the Heartwood community, please email heartwoodvillage@gmail.com