New Montessori high school planned near UK campus

jwarren@herald-leader.comJanuary 4, 2011 

Parents and students interested in the planned Lexington Montessori High School can learn more about the program at an open house Thursday night.

The informational meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Kentucky's Taylor Education Building at Scott and South Upper streets.

The Montessori high school is scheduled to open in the fall, although a site has not been determined. Spokeswoman Jennifer Pederson said the plan is to put the school on or near the UK campus.

"We're working with UK to see if we could possibly get a spot there, otherwise we'll probably rent space near campus," Pederson said. "The university is partnering with us, and we'd like for the kids to be able to walk to campus so they can use educational facilities there."

Organizers hope to open the school with nine to 15 students, although they could accommodate more if there is enough interest, Pederson said.

Lexington has three Montessori elementary schools. They, along with a fourth Montessori school in Versailles, feed students into Lexington Montessori Middle School on Stone Road. When the new high school is in full swing, students would be able to go through high school under the Montessori system. The high school will be open to all students, regardless of whether they previously attended a Montessori school.

"For a long time people have been saying we needed a Montessori high school, and finally a group of us just said, 'No more talking, let's do something,'" Pederson said.

Some of the teachers for the new high school will be introduced at Thursday night's meeting, and general information about the school will be presented.

For more details, e-mail Pederson at jspederson@gmail.com.

Reach Jim Warren at (859) 231-3255 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3255.

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