“Free the child’s potential and you will transform him into the world.”

– Maria Montessori –
The Upper Elementary students caring for the animals on the school farm.  
Our toddlers going on a nature stroller ride!  
A student in Lower Elementary working on a math lesson.  
The Ladybird Montessori Campus.  

Our Mission

Our Mission is to prepare every student socially, emotionally, and academically to be fulfilled individuals who make a positive contribution to their family, society, and environment.

What Sets Ladybird Apart?

We focus on the whole child

Every child at Ladybird has an academic work plan that is customized to their specific learning needs that not only focuses on academics but also social emotional intelligence, being a global citizen, the environment, music and arts, and a Spanish program that is provided by Mariposas Spanish School for Kids.

Montessori Certified Educators

All of our Lead Guides are highly educated professionals with Montessori Certifications. They are masters of their trade. Our Lead Guides are the foundation and heart of our program here at Ladybird Montessori.

14 acres of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Ladybird Montessori is located on 14 acres that includes a working farm, walking trail, gardens, outdoor classroom spaces, and numerous playgrounds. Ladybird Montessori is in the process of preparing to break ground on a new Makerspace and covered pavilion.

Our Programs

  • Nido Community
    8-weeks to 8-months
  • Young Children’s Community
    18-months to 3-years old
  • Children’s House
    3 to 6-years old
  • Lower & Upper Elementary
    1st-6th Grade
  • Middle School
    7th-9th Grade
  • Summer Camp
    6-13 years old
  • Nido Community

    8-weeks to 18-months

    Description
    The Nido Community (Italian word for nest) is a beautifully prepared, home-like, environment designed for the changing developmental needs of 8 infants from 8 weeks to 18 months of age.

    Features:

    • rich sensory materials
    • cause-and-effect work
    • gross motor
    • fine motor
    • language development activities

    More About Nido Community

    Young Children’s Community

    18-months to 3-years old

    Description

    We provide an aesthetically pleasing environment for up to 18 students from 18 months – 3 years of age.

    Features:

    • promotes the development of the 5 senses
    • cognitive and gross motor development
    • language development
    • hand-eye coordination

    More About Young Children’s Community

    Children’s House

    3 to 6-years old

    Description
    Our Children’s House is an aesthetically pleasing environment created for up to 24 students from potty-learned through 6 years of age.

    Features:

    • Language Arts
    • Math
    • Science
    • Practical Life
    • Sensorial
    • Geography
    • Culture

    More About Children’s House

    Lower and Upper Elementary Private School Program

    1st-6th Grade

    Description
    The Lower Elementary classrooms serve children from 6-9 years of age, and the 1st-3rd grade. Our Upper Elementary classrooms serve children from 9-12 years of age, and 4th-6th grade.

    Features:

    • a complete set of the Montessori Elementary Curriculum
    • Integration of the arts, sciences, geography, history, and language
    • connective narratives that provide an inspiring overview as the organizing, integrating “Great Lessons.”

    More About Elementary Private School Program

    Middle School

    7th-9th Grade

    Description
    Montessori Secondary programs, for Middle School students ages 12 – 15, integrate rigorous academic studies with purposeful work, preparing teenagers to become contributing adult citizens who are self-confident and possess skills needed to thrive in society.

    Features:

    • Developmental approach around: Physical, Emotional, Social and Cognitive behavior
    • Multi-Age Groupings
    • Uninterrupted Work Periods
    • Spiral Curriculum

    More About Middle School

    Summer Camp

    6-13 years old

    Description
    Ladybird Montessori hosts an Elementary Summer Camp in the months of June and July for children from the ages of 6-13 years of age. The Summer Camp is screen free, as we want the children to enjoy the real world experiences around them.

    Features:

    • Visits from the Austin Zoo, Austin Paleontology, Austin Gemstone and Minerals
    • Art Presentations and Lessons
    • Interactive Music and Theater Groups
    • and more

    More About Summer Camp

    Electives

    Environmental Science

  • Ladybird Montessori is located on 14.5 acres of land in Buda, TX. The birth-3 program gets to experience our nature program by going on stroller rides on the walking trail at our school farm and outdoor classroom space. The 3-6 years olds get to go on nature walks on the walking trail, have lessons in the outdoor classroom space, and also have a 2,000 square foot covered porch attached to their classrooms to encourage outdoor learning. The elementary students have a nature class elective in our outdoor classroom space and help care for our farm animals. The future middle school students will have a makerspace where they design different elements for our outdoor spaces such as water irrigation, planter boxes, permaculture projects, etc.

  • Spanish Program

  • Ladybird Montessori has a Spanish program that is hosted by Mariposas Spanish School for Kids. An instructor comes out weekly to present new lessons that the students continue to practice in their classrooms throughout the week.

  • Music Program

  • In the birth-3 and 3-6 programs music is a big part of our group lessons and a wonderful way to teach a variety of lessons in language and social emotional development. In the elementary and middle school programs there are sound bars and lessons where the students practice reading and writing sheet music which can springboard to support any instrument the student may be learning at home. The elementary program also has a choir that has a few performances throughout the year and the middle school will have school plays that incorporate musical elements.

  • The Arts

  • In the birth-3 and 3-6 classrooms, there is a designated art section in the classrooms that will rotate to expose students to a variety of art lessons. In the elementary program, there is an art shelf and art is also integrated into the project based learning assignments in the curriculum. In the middle school, the students will have the ability to create a variety of art projects and art installations in the new makerspace.

  • Global Citizens

  • In the 3-6 classrooms the students study geography and cultural lessons to learn about people different than they are. In the elementary classrooms the students get to start their “going out” activities and volunteer in the local community at places such as the Hays County Food Bank. In the middle school the students also volunteer locally as well as have some opportunities to travel as a class for a weekend or week getaway to a farther off destination to learn about permaculture or other interesting lessons at facilities intended for academic growth and hands-on experiences to help improve our world, such as at the Blackwood Land Institute in Hempstead, TX.

  • “Love this home for my children away from home.”

    Caring teachers, beautifully maintained, detailed direction, age appropriate, constantly cleaned. Love this home for my children away from home. They love going and the learning environments and materials.

    – Sarah Johnson | Buda, TX

    “Great experience for my kids, highly recommended!”

    – Jeff Smith | Buda, TX

    2022-23 School Year Tuition and Fees

    New Enrollment

    For students new to Ladybird Montessori.

    Application: $50.00 (per student)
    Enrollment: $175.00 (per family)
    Enrichment: $150.00 (per student)

    Total: $375.00

    (Application, Enrollment, and Enrichment Fees are Non-Refundable and hold your child’s placement in the classroom prior to start date.)

    Re-Enrollment

    For returning students each school year.

    Re-Enrollment: $100.00
    (re-enrollment fee covers all children in that family)
    Enrichment: $150.00 (per student)
    (fee goes towards supplies for the year)

    Total: $250.00 (per student)
    Total for family with 2 students: $400.00

    (Re-enrollment and enrichment fees are non-refundable.)

    Tuition Fees

    Annual Tuition (10% Discount from Monthly Pricing)

  • Nido Community: August payment of $14,310.00 (12-month program)

    Young Children’s Community Full Day: August payment of $12,690.00 (12-month program)

    Children’s House Half Day Program: August payment of $9,450.00 (12-month program)

    Children’s House Regular Day Program: August payment of $9,990.00 (8:30am – 3:30pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Extended Day Program: August payment of $12,690.00 (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Elementary Program: August payment of $8,775.00 (8:00am – 3:00pm) (10-month program)

    Elementary After Care: August payment of $1,800.00 (3:00pm – 6:00pm) (10-month program)

  • Semi-Annual Tuition (5% Discount from Monthly Pricing)

  • Nido Community: August and February payment of $7,552.50 (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Young Children’s Community Full Day: August and February payment of $6,840.00 (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Half Day Program: August and February payment of $4,987.50 (8:30am – 12:30pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Regular Day Program: August and February payment of $5,272.50 (8:30am – 3:30pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Extended Day Program: August and February payment of $6,697.50 (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Elementary Program: August and January payment of $4,631.25 (8:00am – 3:00pm) (10-month program)

    Elementary After Care: August and January payment of $950.00 (3:00pm – 6:00pm) (10-month program)

  • Monthly Tuition

  • Nido Community: $1,325.00/month (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Young Children’s Community Full Day: $1200.00/month (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Half Day Program: $875.00/month (8:30am – 12:30pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Regular Day Program: $925.00/month (8:30am – 3:30pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House Extended Day Program: $1,175.00/month (7:00am – 6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House After Care: $200/month (3:30pm – 6:00pm)

    Elementary Program: $975/month (8:00am – 3:00pm) (10-month program)

    Elementary Before Care: (7:00am – 8:00am) $100.00/ month
    Elementary After Care: (3:00pm – 6:00pm) $200.00/month
    Elementary Combo: $275/month

  • Discounts & Scholarships

    Discounts

  • Sibling Discount: $25 off per child, per month (cannot be applied to pay in advance options)

    Pay in Advance Discount:
    Pay 6 months in advance:
    5% discount off tuition
    Pay 12 months in advance: 10% discount off tuition

  • Scholarship Information

  • Ladybird Montessori accepts applications for partial scholarships for students in our 3-6 year old classrooms (Children’s House) and Elementary Programs and awards 5 Scholarships Annually. Ladybird Montessori does not have a scholarship opportunity for our birth-3 programs.

    Requirements:

    All students must be actively applying for enrollment at Ladybird Montessori School to be considered.

    1. Submit an essay (up to 1000 words) explaining why their family/child should be considered for the partial scholarship.
    2. Provide previous tax return to show financial assistance is needed. There must be a valid financial need to qualify for this scholarship.
    3. Participate in a group interview (Zoom option available).

    Students selected as recipients of the Ladybird Scholarship Award will receive annual awards, prorated monthly, between $2,777-$7,000. The total number of awards and the amount of each recipient’s award will be at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Ladybird Scholarship Awards will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and the scholarships are contingent upon the student and family remaining in good standing socially and academically.

    To learn more about the scholarship awards, please contact niki@budamontessori.com.

  • News & Announcements

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