What makes the school
On the surface, PCMS is different because the children remain with one
teacher for three years in a mixed age class, and that teacher teaches
all subjects except PE. The children spend most of their time working
in small cooperative groups, mastering the curriculum. There are many
more hands-on materials in the classroom than you might find elsewhere,
and the children have free access to them on the shelves. The curriculum
is individualized to each child’s ability and performance level.
Looking deeper, the school is different because the main emphasis is
on the social development of the child. The primary goal is for the
child to become an independent learner who treats others with kindness
and who acts responsibly in all situations.
Who can attend?
Students from any of the five districts in the collaborative are eligible
to apply. That is, students from Jackson, Lake, Plain, North Canton,
and Canton City attend our school. Enrollment is based on the number
of openings allotted to each school district, and openings are limited.
Is this school just for special students? No, this is a public school,
open to all students. Average students do just fine. Gifted learners
do very well, as they can zoom ahead. Students with mild learning problems
usually do well, as we are able to make some accommodations for their
needs and provide some special education services. Self-control, self-motivation,
and an ability to filter out distractions ARE necessary for success
here, as the children are working in small groups most of the day and
are free to talk and move about the room as they work.
Can children enroll at any age?
No. It is best for a child to enroll as a preschooler. Children who
have attended other Montessori preschools are welcome and make an easy
transition to our preschool and first grade. Special care must be taken
when enrolling an elementary child after first grade, especially one
who has not been in Montessori school before. If is often very difficult
for children to adjust to the high degree of self-control, responsibility,
and independence that is required for success in a Montessori classroom.
We do not accept new students into our third grade, although on occasion
a student may enter at fourth grade. New students are not accepted after
How do students get to school?
Most school-age students ride buses provided by the school district
from which they come. Preschool students may be transported by parents,
or, depending on the school district they live in, they may be transported
Do you have child care?
No, we do not sponsor any childcare at our site. The YMCA in each school
district offers before and after school programs as do many private
How much does it cost?
This is a public school sponsored by the six districts in the collaborative.
Kindergarten, elementary, and middle school children attend free, as
in any other public school. There is a tuition charge for preschool,
currently $3500, per year, payable monthly.
How can I enroll my child?
First, determine if your child is eligible to attend by reading the
information on this website, or by contacting the school. Then, call
the school at 330-966-1912 to arrange a visit. When you visit, you will
be given information on enrollment, tuition for preschoolers, and waiting