Award Year: 2016

Okemos Public Montessori-Central School

4406 Okemos Road
Okemos, MI, 48864-2553

(517) 706-5401

Ms. Susan Hallman, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

Okemos Public Schools

School Website


Together...educating with excellence, inspiring learners for life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 5%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 20%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Upper elementary students working with Montessori math materials.

Upper elementary students working with Montessori math materials.

Okemos Public Montessori at Central, part of an excellent public school system, provides a form of instruction different from the traditional schools. We believe that this philosophy of instruction is at the heart of what makes our school so successful. One of the fundamental principles of the Montessori philosophy is observing the child. With their Montessori training, our teachers have learned to pause throughout the day and take time to simply observe a student. This purposeful observation allows the teacher to authentically assess where each student is on an ongoing basis and provide meaningful instruction. Another hallmark of Montessori education is its hands on approach to learning. Students work with specifically designed material. Built into many of the works is a 'control of error' which allows the students to independently assess their work. Through this, students learn to become critical thinkers by recognizing, correcting and learning from their mistakes. Peace education is also an integral part of the Montessori philosophy and is intentionally taught within our school. Through lessons on grace and courtesy, the students are able to communicate respectfully, think of other's needs and consider the whole classroom and school community. As a public Montessori we believe we embody the best of both a traditional school and Montessori. While we use research based characteristics of a strong educational system and are held accountable to a set of common standards, we are able to deliver those in a unique way which truly meets the needs of all students.