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We love Summer!

Each year UMS hosts an enriching summer program with different themes that strive to incorporate the Montessori practices of grace, courtesy, and respect.

Please note: Our camps are for Montessori experienced families and/or newly enrolled families only.

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Summer 2019

We are excited to offer the following programs:

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Science & Nature: May 28th - June 7th

Join us for cool experiments for hot summer days. We will explore forces and phenomena that are all around us all the time. We will sharpen our observation skills, ask why, set up experiments to test our ideas, and see what we find! Our woodsy setting affords ample opportunity to explore the wonders of nature. We will have fun learning about the ecology of our everyday world as we garden, notice climate and weather, and check out the tiny creatures all around us.

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Artistic Impressions: June 10th - june 21st

Art is a great way for all of us to see the world in our own way and express ourselves! This session will provide plenty of opportunity to look at art, talk about art, learn about artists and materials, and of course, make plenty of art! From painting to sculpture, let’s get those creative juices flowing!                                


HABITAT CAMP: June 10th - june 14th

We are pleased to once again be offering a week-long Habitat Camp to rising 2nd through 5th grade alumni students. The students will be spending their days in the Wildlife Habitat with Callie. We will be learning about the plants and animals that live in our habitat. We will be animal tracking, mapping and trail building, creating our own field guides, installing native plants and removing invasive plant species, making botanical art, and playing games that will build sensory awareness, assist with plant and animal identification, and create connections with fellow campers. *please note this camp is reserved for rising 2nd-5th grade UMS Alumni only and has a different cost than our other camps—see below for details.

Around the World: june 24th - july 5th (no camp july 4th)


Consider UMS your new travel agent! Join us for the adventure of “traveling” around the world in two weeks. Each day we will visit a different country, exploring foods, music and songs, art, language, and traditions. We’ll learn how other children all over the world are spending their summers and what makes their corner of the world unique.

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Move to the Music!: july 8th - July 19th  

Clean out your ears and open your eyes, listen to the music and come alive! We will sing and dance together, exploring the world of music through song and expressive movement. Get ready for some very special guests as we explore as many genres of music as we can into two weeks, and we’ll get our groove on while doing it!  

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Fun with Food!: july 22nd - aug 2nd

Join us for two weeks of learning all about food! We will be cooking, baking and doing lots of sampling. 

Each session of the Summer Program is designed to appeal to every child.  The sessions are lightly themed, so that we will broadly focus on a topic, but within that topic children will be doing a range of activities such as cooking, arts and crafts, music and movement, literature, science experiments, etc.  This structure will be present throughout each session.  Throughout the summer, we strive to incorporate the Montessori practices of grace, courtesy, and respect.

Our graduated kindergarteners are invited to join us for the first session (Science & Nature) of the season.  Our newly enrolled friends are invited to join us beginning with the second session (Artistic Impressions) through the end of the summer.  Children ages 3 through 5 (pre-kindergarten only) are eligible for the Summer Program.  It is expected that children use the toilet independently.

We open registration for children currently or newly enrolled at UMS for the fall, and then registration will be open to eligible children from the community, and space is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We hope you'll join us for this special time of year!

A non-refundable registration fee of $35 ($30 for Habitat Camp ) is due before enrollment. Once we have received your registration fee your child’s spot will be reserved.

REGISTRATION AND FULL PAYMENT FOR CAMPS IS DUE 2 WEEKS BEFORE CAMP BEGINS! Cancellations after 2 weeks before first day of camp will be refunded 50% of enrollment fee. Cancellations on or after 1st day of camp are non refundable.

Registration payments can be made with credit card online below, or checks can be mailed to UMS 1034 Reservoir Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903 or dropped at the office. IMPORTANT: Please click the link below to fill out and submit our registration and permissions form.

(*Habitat Camp is a one week camp that runs 8:30 - 3:30pm. Tuition for Habitat Camp is $300)

Five Days Per Week

One Week  –  Pick up time          Two Weeks  –  Pick up time

8:30 – 12 / $186          8:30 – 12 / $361

8:30 – 1 / $212            8:30 – 1 / $403 

8:30 – 3 / $255           8:30 – 3 / $504

8:30 – 5:30 / $302       8:30 – 5:30 / $516

Six or more weeks          Six or more weeks

 8:30 – 3 / $239            8:30 – 3 / $461

8:30 – 5:30 / $260          8:30 – 5:30 / $514