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Welcome to what a school should be!

Welcome to what a school should be!

“We cannot know the consequences of suppressing a child's spontaneity when he is just beginning to be active. We may even suffocate life itself. That humanity which is revealed in all of its intellectual splendor during the sweet and tender age of childhood should be respected with a kind of religious veneration. It is like the sun which appears at dawn or a flower just beginning to bloom. Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child to open up himself to life.”  ~Dr. Maria Montessori

 At Cottonwood School, how children learn is as important as what children learn.

Through WHOLE CHILD, WHOLE BRAIN learning experiences and daily exposure to concrete, hands-on, fully integrated, multi-sensory curriculum, our students learn to think, plan ahead, work creatively, manage their time, make good choices, care for the environment, serve their community, appreciate the arts, resolve conflicts, set goals and lead.

Our mission is to encourage the potential of each child through an interdisciplinary curriculum which cultivates intellectual achievement, physical and artistic abilities, emotional learning and creative reasoning in accordance with Montessori philosophy.

We partner with parents who believe that the early years are the most important in the whole of a lifetime. Together we cultivate each child's talent and character to form a foundation for academic achievement and lifelong success.

We are conveniently located in Corrales, New Mexico to serve the greater Albuquerque and Rio Rancho metro areas with preschool and elementary programs for children ages 18 months through 12 years.

We invite you to call 505.897.8375 to schedule your private tour of our campus and to discover more about our Joyful Learning Community.


Hours of operation: 7:00AM-6:00PM Monday-Friday

3896 Corrales Road / Corrales, NM  87048

505-897-8375 / FAX 505-890-1533

Closed on Federal holidays

NM #85-0430238

Cottonwood School is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt, educational organization which does not discriminate in educational programs, admissions, financial aid or school policies on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, gender, physical ability, sexual preference or religion.