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Wishing Tree Dinner Auction March 16th, 2019

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Our yearly celebratory Auction and fundraiser is coming up on March 16th!  Many wonderful items will be available for purchase in our Live and Silent Auctions, including gift certificates from area salons and restaurants, a wine and music event in your home, tickets to Walt Disney World,   Please join us on March 16th,from 5-10:30 at the Hilton Garden Inn (Benton Harbor)for the party of the year. More details coming soon!

Brookview Pirate Run 2018

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Brookview Montessori School hosts 5th Annual Pirate Run 5K/10K on September 22

Benton Harbor, MI.- Brookview Montessori School welcomes the public on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 8:30 am
 to join in the fun at the 5th Annual Brookview Pirate Run. For 3 years, the school held their annual 5K in April. Then in 2014, the event was moved to September with the addition of a Pirate theme and a 10K run option. Both kids and adults alike get into the fun and don pirate costumes!
Participants can celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day with the option to run or walk the 5K distance, and runners may choose to complete two laps of the route for a 10K distance. The stroller friendly course loops from the Brookview Montessori School campus through the beautiful Benton Township River Park along the St. Joseph River. Ye might even spy a pirate or two... arrghh matey!
"To encourage healthy activity for children, we welcome youth ages 10 and under to participate in the free Kids' Fun Run at 8:30 am. Supervised play is also provided for children during the race so that more family members can participate in the timed 5K and 10K events," says Larry Schanker, Executive Director of Brookview Montessori School. "We are thankful for the generous donations from our community sponsors who contribute to making this a fun, family-friendly event!"
The 5K and 10K events are timed with awards to Overall Finishers and Age Group Winners in both Run and Walk Divisions. Fees are $20 through September 9, and $25 September 10 through Race Day. Youth 14 and under can register for $15 through Race Day. The Kids' Fun Run is free. Visit  runsignup.com/brookvewpiraterun for more details, and to sign up to run, walk, volunteer, or make a donation.
For more than forty years, families in Southwest Michigan have found the Brookview Montessori School community to be a place where nurturing teachers and parents work together to inspire life-long learning and internally motivated, inquisitive children. The school and ten-acre campus offer one-of-a-kind opportunities for children infancy through middle school to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world. Visit www.brookviewschool.org for more information.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brookview Montessori School has begun the process of becoming accredited by the American Montessori Society.  We are currently a Full Member of AMS, a designation that is an honor in itself, requiring a Montessori-credentialed teacher in every classroom, three-year age groupings beginning in the Primary years, and other hallmarks of authenticity in Montessori education. 


Accreditation is a two-year process involving an intensive self-study, which our faculty, board, and parent volunteers have begun.  We are hoping for a visit next Spring from the AMS Accreditation Committee.  The whole process is designed to assist high quality Montessori schools to achieve an even higher level of excellence.  Currently, only 3 schools in the State of Michigan have been accredited by the AMS.

Brookview Pirate Run 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Brookview Pirate Run 5K/10K course loops from the Brookview School campus through the beautiful Benton Township River Park along the St. Joseph River. Ye might even spy a pirate or two... argh matey!


Event Details

  • Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • 7:30 - 8:30 am Registration & Packet Pickup // 8:30 am Kids 1K Fun Run // 9:00 am 5K Run and Walk and 10K Run // 10:00 am Awards Presentation
  • Located at Brookview Montessori School, 501 Zollar Drive, Benton Harbor, MI 49022

After hosting a 5K in April for 3 years, in 2014 the Brookview School Annual 5K moved to September, added a Pirate theme, and a 10K run option. Participants have the option to run or walk the 5K distance. Runners may choose to complete two laps of the route for a 10K distance. The pirate theme proved to be popular, with both kids and adults alike getting into the fun and donning pirate costumes! 

The 5K/10K course loops from Brookview Montessori School through the beautiful Benton Township River Park along the St. Joseph River, then back up the hill and down Zollar Road to Somerleyton Road before returning back to cross the finish line in the school parking lot.
Awards to Overall Female and Male finishers in 5K Run, 5K Walk and 10K Run. Age group winners receive medals. 
This family friendly event is open to adults and children of all ages. Kids pushed in strollers are free! Or kids can participate in a 1K Kids’ Fun Run at 8:30 am, before the timed events. Supervised play is also provided for kids during the race. Register on race day with cash or check.The event is timed, using a web based app, with finish times available online onsite.

Famous Montessorians

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If you're a Montessorian, you are in good company! Plenty of successful individuals got their start with a Montessori Education. Below is a list of just some of the many Famous Montessorians you may recognize:

  • Jeff Bezos
  • David Blaine
  • T. Berry Brezelton
  • Sergey Brin
  • Sean Combs
  • Julia Child
  • George Clooney
  • John & Joan Cusack
  • Taylor Swift
  • Anthony Doerr
  • Peter Drucker
  • Erik Erikson
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Katherine Graham
  • Anne Frank
  • Friedensreich Hundertwasser
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Will Wright
  • Helen Hunt
  • Helen Keller
  • Beyonce Knowles
  • Yo Yo Ma
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • HM Queen Noor of Jordan
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Larry Page
  • Devi Sridhar

...and many thousands of current and former Montessori students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and more!

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war." - Maria Montessori, Doctor, Scientist, Educator, Parent, Three-time Nominee for the Nobel Prize

History Comes Alive at Summer Camp

Friday, July 21, 2017

History came alive this week in Elementary Summer Camp!

This week our students explored hunting and gathering versus farming, formed a bartering market for trading resources based on biomes, and tried writing their initials in Cuneiform on clay tablets.

They also "experienced" the Ancient Egyptian social hierarchy, built pyramids out of sugar cubes, and stamped their names in cartouches.

Later in the week, they created their own Medieval coats of arms and studied the Renaissance, dressing up in costumes and painting their own version of the Sistine Chapel. All that plus pancakes from an Ancient Greek recipe, Armor turnips, and Colonial corn bread!

Shakespeare child painting child
coat of arms children

New Organic Food Production Program for Middle School

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Exciting news for next year's students - Brookview will now be offering an on-site agriculture science and food production program as part of our Middle School Program!

We'll be learning how to raise chickens and quail, plant and care for an organic garden, and prepare wholesome and nutritious foods!

organic gardening

It's not too late to enroll your middle school student at Brookview - to learn more, call us at 269-925-3544 and schedule a tour of our beautiful 10 acre campus today!