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Early expansion at Sea Rose Montessori Co-op School will bring a new, larger classroom space in Fall 2018.

Sea Rose Montessori opened in September 2017 providing a unique learning experience for students starting at age 4.5. This parent-led co-op school offers year-round and extended-day programming.

Sea Rose reached maximum capacity in their current space as new families joined this year. 

“We were already looking for a larger space, thinking we would move in fall 2019,” Board President Suzanne McDonald said. “Since the additional spots were spoken for a year in advance, we accelerated our original plan and are thrilled St. Mary’s supports the expansion into the thrift store space, to open in fall 2018.”

Their new classroom will support the large influx of parents and students that are attracted to the unique educational experience Sea Rose Montessori offers families on Aquidneck Island and beyond. The additional space enables a Lower Elementary program to start that will serve children through age 9. Students do not have to have any prior Montessori experience to be accepted since Sea Rose will offer an immersion program.

“Most students start Montessori programs at preschool age. Sea Rose starts at age 4.5 and enrolls year-round. As soon as a child turns 4.5, we can accept him or her,” McDonald said. “We have several families starting this fall, for whom their original school choice isn’t working out.”

Upcoming events to make Montessori education available to more families

  •  Open house: Saturday, April 14 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Families are welcome to visit our classroom to see the engaging Montessori materials and learn how our curriculum is shaping future collaborative innovators. The Sea Rose Montessori community of experienced teachers, parent-founders, and families will be available to talk with you about the school and answer any of your questions. Parents and children are welcome to attend whether for fall, future academic years, or for summer programming.
  •  Local Business Showcase: April 16 deadline: For businesses and organizations seeking to connect with year-round, dual-income families. Consider donating: Dessert & savory trays for attendees to sample and/or products and services for the silent auction. Contact for more details.
  •  80s Dance Party Fun(d)raiser: Saturday, May 5 from 7-10 p.m. at Easton’s Beach Rotunda: Flashback to the ’80s and dance the night away, relax in the John Hughes Movie Lounge, enjoy some great donations and local bites and beer from Ragged Island and Newport Storm. Tickets $35 pre-sold only includes savories and desserts from local eateries like Mission and TSK, Sea Rose Margarita courtesy of Perro Salado, and DJ Nook playing the best of the ’80s. Win big in the costume contests, raffles, and silent auction items: ski house rentals, sailing excursions, chef’s dinners, and more. All proceeds will fund Sea Rose’s expansion, making Montessori education accessible to more families. Tickets available at

Summer camp space available

Students with a Montessori background are eligible to join Sea Rose’s Summer Program in June. Students without Montessori experience may join in July. Register for Sea Rose Summer Camp by the week, with discounts available for multiple weeks.

Montessori mornings focus on child-led integrated learnings in language, mathematics, sensorial, geography, and practical life. Afternoons at Sea Rose Summer Camp include fun activities: yoga, gardening, raw food cooking, art and water play as well as time spent outdoors on the playground and playing games in our open field. Additional details can be found at

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