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

– Maria Montessori –

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

    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. (1 adult to 4 students ratio)


    • 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


    We provide an aesthetically pleasing environment for up to 18 students from 18 months – 3 years of age. (1 adult to 6 student ratio)


    • 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

    Our Children’s House is an aesthetically pleasing environment created for up to 24 students from potty-learned through 6 years of age. (1 adult to 12 students ratio)


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

    More About Children’s House

    Lower and Upper Elementary Private School Program

    1st-6th Grade

    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. (1 adult to 15 students ratio)


    • 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

    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. (1 adult to 15 students ratio)


    • 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

    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.


    • 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


    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

    2023-2024 Tuition and Fees

    New Enrollment

    For students new to Ladybird Montessori.

    Application: $50.00 (per student)
    Enrollment: $200.00 (per family)
    Enrichment: $150.00 (per student)

    Total: $400.00

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


    For returning students each school year.

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

    Total: $300.00 (per student)
    Total for family with 2 students: $450.00

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

    Monthly Tuition:

    Nido Community (NC): (8 weeks – 18 months)
    NC: $1,350/month (7:00am-6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Young Children’s Community (YCC): (18 months – 3 years)
    YCC: $1,250/month (7:00am-6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Children’s House (CH): (3 years – 6 years OR preschool – kindergarten)
    CH Half Day Program: $900/month (8:30am-12:00pm) (12-month program)
    CH Full Day Program: $950/month (8:30am-3:30pm) (12-month program)
    CH Extended Day Program: $1,200/month (7:00am-6:00pm) (12-month program)
    CH After Care: $200/month (3:00pm-6:00pm) (12-month program)

    Elementary Program (Lower El (6-9 years OR 1st – 3rd grade) and Upper El (9-12 years OR 3rd – 6th grade))
    Elementary Program: $1,000/month (8:00am-3:00pm) (10-month program)
    Elementary After Care: $225/month (3:00pm-6:00pm) 10-month program)

    Middle School Program (12-15 years OR 7th – 9th grade)
    Middle School Program: $1,300/month (8:00am-3:00pm) (10-month program)
    Middle School After Care: $225/month (3:00pm-6:00pm) (10-month program)


    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
    Elementary Alumni Graduates who re-enroll for Middle School: 15% discount off tuition

    Field Trip Fees:

    Lower Elementary: $400.00 annually or $200.00 bi-annually
    Upper Elementary: $500.00 annually or $250.00 bi-annually
    Middle School: $600.00 annually or $300.00 bi-annually

    ***Does not include the optional Model UN field trip to New York in the spring of 2024***

    News & Announcements

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