A number of Montessori programs that provide services for children and families from birth to age six have reported remarkable success.

Montessori Partners Serving All Children: Minneapolis, Minnesota 1

Student population:

  • 70% children of color: 41% African American, 35% Hispanic/Latino
  • 44% receive free and reduced price lunch


  • Children receiving free and reduced price lunch scored 93%-98% proficiency across the disciplines
  • On the Bracken School Readiness scale, Montessori four-year-olds scored 91% proficiency in Math and 97% in Language as compared to the state averages of 52% (Math) and 59% (Language)
  • No disparities were measured in children’s achievement across income levels, race, or language spoken in the home

Lumin Education:
Dallas, Texas

Student Population:

  • 74% Low-income
  • 81% Hispanic
  • 59% Primary Language Other Than English


  • For the past 7 out of 8 years, Lumin students have earned the state’s Gold Performance Award or Texas Distinction Designation based on students’ excellent reading performance2
  • 81% of Lumin students passed the Texas state-mandated reading test (STAAR) as compared to 77% in the region and 76% in the state despite having a higher percentage of English Language Learners than the state2
  • Children who attended Lumin’s Montessori programs through the 3rd grade had increased high school graduation rates of 95% compared to the state average of 88% 2
  • Of Lumin’s alumni who graduated from high school, 89% of those students went onto college compared to the state average of 56% 3


These Montessori programs proved particularly successful with:

  • Students of color
  • Students from low economic backgrounds
  • English language learners.

Both programs recorded high levels of parent, community, and staff involvement.



  1. Betty Emarita and Gale Mason-Chagil, “Montessori Partners Serving all Children: Evaluation Report for 2012-2014,” Montessori Center of Minnesota.
  2. TAPR and AEIS Reports (Texas Education Agency)
  3. National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis