Typically, students have to attend costly private schools to take advantage of Montessori's individual discovery style learning. Our magnet application process makes it possible for students to participate in this specialized curriculum at a local public school.

Self-directed learning

Students in Montessori learn at their own pace through hands-on activities and interacting with students of different ages. The Montessori Method helps students develop strong academics, responsibility, self-discipline, community and environmental awareness, a love of learning and more.

What is Montessori?

Founded by Dr. Maria Montessori, this educational approach—based on scientific observation—allows children to drive their own learning. Teachers act as facilitators, providing an environment where students can choose to participate in a number of developmental activities.

In Montessori, education is an exciting process of discovery, leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning. It also provides practical life experiences, such as cooking and gardening.

Benefits of Montessori

Students in Montessori classrooms learn:

  • with and from other students of different ages
  • at their own pace
  • with hands-on activities

The Montessori Method helps students develop:

  • responsibility
  • independence
  • initiative
  • self-discipline
  • leadership
  • strong academics
  • community and environmental awareness
  • love of learning


  • Students who are 3 or 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 and students entering kindergarten-fifth grades may apply
  • 50th percentile on reading and math achievement test
  • Pass all other subjects on their report card
  • Pass STAAR (grades 3-5)
  • No serious discipline problems

Note: Students who are 3 years old are not tested. These seats are lottery based. 

Garland ISD strives to provide all students with a well-rounded education that includes school choice. Currently, the district boasts 10 varied programs at 16 campuses. Montessori gives families another option to customize their child’s learning. Additionally, the locations of Herfurth and Luna elementary schools extend GISD’s programs into the Rowlett and Sachse areas.

A Montessori teacher working with a child using manipulatives.
A girl in Montessori using an X-ray set and assigning word sets to each part.
A student using tiles to count to the number 13.

Montessori Frequently Asked Questions

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How to apply

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