The Kat River Valley Montessori School is nestled amongst the orchard trees in the heart of the Kat River Valley. It is situated on a citrus farm some 5km outside the town of Fort Beaufort on the Grahamstown road. The school was established in 2000 by the Painter family and is now run by the Head Director, Dr. Andre Verster. The school consists of 90 learners, 4 environments and 10 teachers. All Directors and Directresses are highly qualified and the assistants are in training. The Primary and lower Elementary environments 3 - 9 years offer the Montessori curriculum to the students nurturing the whole child. From grade 4 to grade 7 we offer the "Future Entrepreneur Curriculum".We allow for the children to develop on all planes: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Keeping strictly to the pholosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
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