That simple mantra shapes everything we do.
The Children’s House at Serenbe opened it’s doors in 2009 to a small group of enthusiastic children and their devoted parents. We are a Montessori school serving children from age 3 through grade 6. We’ve more than doubled in size from our original group, and we plan to keep growing to further meet the educational needs of our community.
We look forward to growing with our students, and we intend to add grade levels as need indicates. Each level will be tailored to the child to meet their changing needs and taught by a skillful and enthusiastic certified teacher.
We're located in the heart of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, within the beautiful Serenbe community. In addition to providing an exceptional core education, we provide a unique opportunity for a well-rounded Montessori education including active engagement with Serenbe Stables, Serenbe Farms, and Serenbe Playhouse. Our students have access to all that the beautiful Serenbe community has to offer. Students go for nature walks, visit the local bakery, and benefit from visiting musicians through Chatt Hills Music and visiting artists through the Artist in Residence program. Our school is in an unmatched location and our children benefit from the life and energy around them.
...to nurture the love of learning and compassion in every child...
...to nurture the love of learning and compassion in every child...
At The Children's House, we embrace Dr. Maria Montessori’s vision that, “a child’s work is to create the person he will become.” Thus, we begin with the end goal in mind – young adults who eagerly tackle academic and personal challenges, who are compassionate collaborators, who engage in thoughtful research and critical thinking to actively solve problems, and who thrive as life-long learners.
Our location in the heart of Serenbe sets our school apart. Our children's learning experience is deepened and broadened by participating with all the amenities that Serenbe has to offer: visiting artists through the Artist in Residence program teach classes, musicians with Chatt Hills Music perform in our classrooms, and actors from Serenbe Playhouse teach acting studios. Our kids regularly work on the Serenbe Farms planting and harvesting vegetables; and Serenbe Stables partners with us to give our kids hands-on-experience with their horses. Classrooms extends outdoors where the children can walk on the nature trails to explore and test scientific principles. Our children learn to care for one another and for their environment within the Montessori education vision.
This is a true Montessori school. Montessori education is an approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870–1952). Montessori education is practiced in an estimated 20,000 schools worldwide, serving children from birth to eighteen years old.The array of amenities at Serenbe, all located within walking distance to the school, allow for a safe, hands-on experiential educational experience. Georgia Performance Standards will be met through both traditional and Montessori methods. Did you know that each of our teachers lesson plans for each individual student, so your child's education is entirely tailored to his or her individual needs?
Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. Although a range of practices exists under the name ‘Montessori,’ the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the American Montessori Society (AMS) cite these elements as essential, and we practice them.
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Denise Ostrowski leads our Primary community. Miss Denise has served as our Primary Community assistant since 2010. Miss Denise has completed her AMS training in Primary. Mother of three boys, Miss Denise lives in Newnan, Georgia. Miss Denise began her Montessori journey when her youngest son began Primary school, and decided to make a career of it in 2005. Miss Denise is an amateur photographer and loves nature, music (she has a new violin!), fashion, and hanging out with her boys. Miss Denise and her husband have been keeping bees and making honey and candles since 2008. Miss Denise has a dog, a rabbit, and a uromastyx lizard. She used to have green tree python! Miss Denise is an amazing person, and her love, commitment and care for each child in her community is unmatched. You'd think they were all her own.
Gail Murphy, our adventurous Lower Elementary directress, discovered Montessori when she served as a missionary in Haiti and there enrolled her son in a French Swiss Montessori Primary School. Miss Gail is AMS Montessori Certified in Lower Elementary. She holds a BA in Christian Education and an AA in Theology/Missions. Miss Gail's first teaching experience was in Liberia, West Africa, where she taught college history. From there, she was invited to teach college in Haiti in a PACE elementary school for 17 years. In 1998, Miss Gail began as a substitute in a Montessori school and worked her way up to Lower Elementary directress and Upper Elementary Assistant in a combined Lower/Upper Community. Miss Gail speaks fluent Creole and a tiny bit of French and lives in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Miss Gail tells the best stories and has a laugh that makes you laugh, too. We love her dearly.
Dr. Clifford Blizard is our Upper Elementary guide. Dr. Clifford has a brightness about him and a joyful enthusiasm. A native Pennsylvanian, Dr. Clifford has lived in many parts of the country, including Massachusetts, Colorado, New York, and Arizona. He holds advances degrees in Geology, Environmental Science, and Education. Dr. Clifford is a lifelong learner and educator, and is a certified Montessori adolescent guide. Dr. Clifford is an online educator at several universities. He lives in Chattahoochee Hills with his wife, along with a menagerie of mammals, reptiles, and fish (and one spider). Dr. Clifford is an accomplished nature photographer. We're very glad to have him at The Children's House.
Ely Diaz is our Elementary assistant and our Spanish teacher. She loves thrift shopping, hanging out with her two handsome sons, and drinking tea of all sorts. Miss Ely is in her fourth year at The Children's House.
Melanie Kingston is our Primary assistant. This is her fourth year at our school. Mother of four, Miss Melanie plays the violin, raises chickens, takes amazing photos, can braid hair like no other, and serves as a foster parent.
Elizabeth Llado' joins us for her fourth year in our Aftercare program. Miss Elizabeth speaks fluent Spanish, loves to knit and crochet, and teaches the children origami and all sorts of handicrafts while in aftercare!
Ashley Walker is our assistant administrator. Miss Ashley is the mother of three, and two of her children attend The Children's House. We're glad to have her in the office this year, and you'll see her Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.
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