Education

Pines Montessori School

  • Kingwood, TX
  • www.pinesmontessori.com

Mission Statement

Pines Montessori School prepares children for life through learning experiences based on authentic Montessori principles and practices.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Montessori Infant Community
  3. Montessori Toddler Community
  4. Montessori Primary Community
  5. Montessori Elementary Community
  6. Montessori Middle School Community
Service Areas

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Texas

Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Porter, New Caney Northeast Harris and South Montgomery County, Texas

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer since 2006

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Patty Sobelman

Keywords

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Montessori, School, Children, Kingwood, Houston, Texas

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Also Known As

Pines Montessori School

EIN

74-2196448

 Number

4059442341

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

We serve the needs of children through Montessori Education and child care for ages 18 months through the age of 12. We have three toddler classes, 7 primary classes, two lower elementary classes and one upper elementary class. We are open from 6:30 - 6:30 with the academic part of the day beginning at 8:30 am until 3:00 pm.

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Program 2

Montessori Infant Community

Our Infant community serves children from 6 weeks of age to 18 months. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that education as an “Aid to Life” begins from the period of pregnancy. In this nurturing environment at Pines, our teachers will meet the unique needs of both infants’ and their parents’ as their children begin their path toward independence

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Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Program 3

Montessori Toddler Community

The Toddler community is designed around the basic Montessori concept of “freedom within limits.” The environment is prepared with age-appropriate materials and exercises that encourage each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm. The equipment in the prepared environment and separate toddler playground areas, as well as the consistency of our routines, have all been carefully designed to foster the development of our youngest students.

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Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

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Program 4

Montessori Primary Community

The Primary community at Pines Montessori School covers a three-year cycle for children 3, 4, 5-6 years of age. Each class is a multi-age grouping, balanced for gender and developmental stage. That means every student has a chance to be both leader and follower. Dr. Montessori showed that learning results from the interaction of a child’s internal thought and external experience in the world around them. To encourage children to explore this world and organize their knowledge of it, we prepare the classroom environment with activities and material that are appealing and enjoyable but serious in purpose and effect.

Category

Early Childhood Education

Population(s) Served

Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 5

Montessori Elementary Community

Our Elementary community is divided into two multi-aged group levels: Lower (first, second & third) and Upper (fourth, fifth & sixth). The academic program at this level is strong in skill development and broad in character. We believe that basic proficiencies and critical thinking skills are essential. We emphasize the values of independence, cooperation, and self-discipline. Education is more than learning factual information; it is the ability to concentrate, to read and write fluently, to research confidently, to complete projects, and to work productively, both individually and in a group. This format for learning is one that builds knowledge, working with concrete materials which lead to the abstract and critical thinking skills. The Montessori approach along with additional approaches and materials from larger non-Montessori educational community meets individual needs. This combination provides opportunities for enrichment beyond the basic curriculum. Individualized pacing and flexibility in the classroom program meets varied styles of learning.

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Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Program 6

Montessori Middle School Community

The Pines Montessori Middle School courses of study reflect an integration of the Montessori philosophy, the Texas elements of knowledge and skills, the newest research on the developmental needs of early adolescents, the state of the art in current learning theory, and the predictions of the skills needed for a productive life in the twenty-first century.

Category

Elementary & Secondary Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To prepare children (infants through teenagers) for life through learning experiences based on authentic Montessori principles and practices.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    To provide Montessori certified instructors and highly qualified assistants at each level of community learning – infant, toddler, primary, lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and eventually high school
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have Montessori certified teachers at each community level sufficient to provide instruction to a growing population of students. We have current staff who are willing to take Montessori training at the high school level for the time when we can expand to that community level.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our revenue has increased steadily over the past few years. Our strong surpluses have allowed us to expand our buildings to offer more space for our elementary communities. We have been able to re-finance our mortgage to save the organization money, thus providing a more stable financial environment. Our increasingly successful fundraising has allowed us to complete special projects and provide tuition assistance to families in emergency need.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    In the past year, we have added the Infant Community to our school. Due to demand, we were then able to double the facilities for that age level soon afterwards, hiring additional qualified staff and expanding the infant-safe environment as well as adding a playground specific to the needs of that age level. We are in the process of securing expanded facilities to provide more room for our expanding elementary community.
Service Areas

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Texas

Kingwood, Humble, Atascocita, Porter, New Caney Northeast Harris and South Montgomery County, Texas

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Accreditations

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Affiliations + Memberships

American Montessori Society

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

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PINES EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE CORPORATION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Pines Montessori School

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Patty Sobelman

BIO

Patty Sobelman holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has led the administrative team and faculty of Pines Montessori School since December 2006. Her career in education began as a public school teacher and she has also served as adjunct faculty in Child Development and Family Studies at Lone Star College. In addition to classroom teaching, she has served as interim Director of Lone Star College’s Child Development Laboratory School and administrative and classroom consultant to Montessori schools. Patty is a published author and has been a speaker at the Montessori Foundation’s Annual International Conference, the Canadian Montessori Teachers Education Institute, Houston Area Association for the Education of Young Children and Polish Montessori Institute (Polski Montessori Instyst). She is a member of the American Montessori Society and the International Montessori Council. Under Patty’s leadership Pines has opened both an Infant Community and a Middle School and has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Connie Chandler

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