Frequently Asked Questions

Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information on Sea Rose Montessori School based in Portsmouth RI and serving students from Aquidneck Island as well as Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, plus Fall River and Swansea Massachusetts.

Sea Rose Montessori School in Portsmouth Rhode Island offers an authentic Montessori education. Licensed by both Rhode Island Department of Education and as a RIDHS (formerly DCYF) licensed care provider, Sea Rose’s dedicated and experienced teachers are also Montessori-certified.

Q. What is the age range for enrollment?

A. Children must be at least 3 years old to be enrolled in the Sea Rose program. We currently offer admission periods in (based on availability) in September and on a case-by-case basis.  For the 2022-2023 school year, students range from 3- to 5-years-old.

Q. What hours is Sea Rose Montessori open?

A. Sea Rose offers a full-day program from 8 am – 5 pm for all students. The school day officially starts at 8:30 am. We ask that all children arrive by 8:30 am so students can settle into their day. Families are welcome to pick up as early as 2:45 pm.

Q. What is a multi-age classroom?

A. Children learn by observing one another. In a Montessori classroom, a multi-age environment – ages 3-6 for Primary. Older students experience “leadership” roles and in guiding younger students, older students reinforce their understanding of the material and concepts.

Q. Is there a summer program?

A. No, we currently are not offering a summer program at Sea Rose Montessori.

Q. When are school breaks?

A. Sea Rose follows the Portsmouth Public Schools Calendar: closed for federal holidays, 1 1/2-2 weeks over Christmas-New Years, 1 week for February and April breaks. Sea Rose serves families with dedicated educators who will also engage in a professional development day in each term.

Q. Is there a religious affiliation?

A. Sea Rose does not have any religious affiliation. The Saint Mary’s campus in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, provides ample open space and beautiful, modern classroom spaces, community gardens, mature trees, and a peaceful setting.

Q. Transportation options?

A. With extended hours and a wide drop-off and pickup timeframes, families appreciate the flexibility and efficiency of carpools or having some down time together on the drive. Current families hail from Warren, Bristol, Tiverton, Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth, and Swansea Massachusetts.

Q. Do you offer nap time and diaper changes?

A. Sea Rose Montessori does not have nap time and does require students to please be potty trained and out of diapers before beginning at the schoolhouse.

Click here to learn more about Sea Rose Montessori School’s faculty of Montessori-certified teachers.