The mission of Holliday Montessori is to prepare the learner for life in an educational and social environment where each child is challenged to become a self-motivated learner by developing the qualities of self-worth, concentration, coordination and independence.
Points of Pride
- String Sprouts, a free music education program, is available for students starting in preschool teaching music education through hands-on playing of orchestra instruments.
- Each child is treated as a unique individual learner.
- Holliday offers a rigorous yet innovative academic program.
- School Hours: 8:20 am - 3:20 pm
- Before Care Hours Start: 7:00 am
- After Care Hours End: 6:00 pm
- Year Established: Information not shared with SMKCS
- Total Enrollment: 330
- Specialized Focus: Montessori
- Affiliation: KCPS-Neighborhood
- Tuition: NO Tuition
Receive Special Ed Services
English Language Learners
Programs and Features
- Instrumental Music
Clubs + Activities
- Chess Club
- Evening Family Events
- Parent-Community Association
- Parent-Teacher Association
- Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Schoolwide Volunteers
Although many schools have application deadlines, most continue to accept applications for available seats on an ongoing basis.
- Application Open: December 5, 2019
- Application Close: February 14, 2020
- Kindergarten Cutoff: August 31, 2020
- Offer Date: March 2, 2020
- Residence: Students must live within the KCPS boundaries.
How to Apply
Submit applications online here or in person at the Board of Education building, 2901 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109. Applications CANNOT be submitted at the school. Seats are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Students are eligible for admission based on available seats. Students must be 3, 4 years old by August 31st to qualify for Pre-K.
Grades 1- 6: Previous Montessori experience is required for admission to grades 1-6. Families must attend a parent meeting upon student acceptance to the program.
Standardized Test Results
Why It Matters
Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) tests are scored (or graded) according to four achievement levels: Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, and Advanced. The number shown here is the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced. When comparing scores between years, please remember that the test Missouri gives has changed several times.
Please note that private schools are not required to participate in these exams.
In 2019, the average English score in Missouri was 48.7%; the average Math score was 41.9%, source
Attendance Rate 90/90
Why It Matters
Schools strive for students to have at least 90% of their students have 90% attendance because kids learn best when they’re IN school.
In 2019, 87.3% of Missouri students were in attendance at least 90% of the time, source.
Third Grade Reading Scores
Why It Matters
Third grade is the important time when kids switch from learning to read to reading to learn and is an important benchmark for a student’s educational development.
In 2019, the average 3rd grade reading score in Missouri was 48.7%, source
Marvia Jones, Holliday Montessori Parent
Both of my children are thriving at HHMS! My oldest son is in the 1st grade (his second year at Holliday), and my youngest son began PK3 this year. We chose this school because the principal is driven to excellence, especially when it comes to ensuring that the school’s Montessori program is on-model at the highest level of fidelity.
The principal and her staff stay up-to-date on the latest teaching methods and social challenges that might impact students’ learning. She is also adamant about growing a strong culture of parent engagement at the school. There are so many ways that parents can be involved at the school–from creating art smocks, to working in the school’s garden, to constructing activity equipment for the school’s playgrounds!
The classroom environments are very peaceful and functional, which allow for students to select and complete class work that engages their attention. I am still shocked by the pace at which my oldest son has developed reading skills, as well as the creative methods by which my youngest son’s teacher guides him to early literacy and phonetics.
After a full day of learning, students who remain after school are engaged in enriching LINC experiences, such as Chess Club, piano lessons, violin lessons, art classes facilitated by teachers from the Nelson Atkins Museum, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and more.
We are convinced that we have made the very best decision for our family and we look forward to enjoying HHMS for years to come.