What is a Montessori school? We see the name scrolling when there are school closures. Is that a religious school? a charter school? Something altogether different? Our host Libby Ballengee learns in this episode that it’s the latter in this community conversation with leaders from the Gloria Dei Montessori school in Dayton.
Founded in 1962 by nationally renowned Montessori expert Virginia Varga, Gloria Dei is one of the oldest Montessori Schools in the country, serving students from 18 months through 8th grade. Gloria Dei is nestled in a quiet neighborhood north of Dayton in a converted tool & dye shop with lovely wooded grounds, homey classrooms, and ample room for outdoor projects and play. Students come from all around the Dayton area and are a little microcosm of the amazing diversity found in our city.
Gloria Dei provides an authentic Montessori education with carefully-arranged, multi-age classrooms that give children sensory materials from which to learn, freedom from rigid desks and time limits, and opportunities for collaboration and feedback from peers. This nurturing environment in turn fosters responsibility, independence, and innovation. Students also participate in many field trips around Dayton including performances at the Schuster Center, service projects at Aullwood Audubon, and physical education activities such as ice skating at Riverscape.
Their major project this year is developing a scholarship fund to bridge the gap in the low-income scholarship amount and our actual tuition amount. Gloria Dei welcomed 22 low-income students this year but with each student they assume a deficit of $2150.
Interested in donating to our scholarship fund? Please consider donating in the following ways:
- Online to their charitable checking account with The Dayton Foundation (account number 7576, https://www.daytonfoundation.org/ccgift.html)
- Using the enclosed envelope to mail a check to The Dayton Foundation.
NOTE: Making a gift to Gloria Dei through The Dayton Foundation is fully tax deductible!
Where is Gloria Dei?
615 Shiloh Dr.
Dayton, Ohio 45415
earn more: gloriadeimontessori.org