Building upon the success of the district’s new Montessori model, the new Sands Montessori School was constructed on the same site as the existing school while the old school remained in operation.
Two interior courtyards have distinct uses and forms. One of the courtyards is smaller and informal, adequate for small groups of students to gather. It has nooks and crannies to encourage small group or individualized learning and creative play. Experiential learning occurs as students not only read about gardening, but plant their own flowers.
Limestone pieces in the flower beds contain fossils for students to study, and serve as stepping stones for the children to walk on in the flower beds. Parts of the flower bed space is left open for students to use for planting projects.
The larger, formal courtyard is a more organized class-like setting. It has stone blocks in an amphitheater arrangement. There are organized beds designed with separate rows allow various classes to present projects and plantings.