The Children’s House

The Children’s House is a church-based Montessori environment for children ages 3-6 years.  First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs established this school in 1981 to provide a quality preschool education, in a Christian environment, for the young children of this church and community.



The first tuition payment for each student is due August 1, 2017.

If you are paying in nine monthly installments, your first tuition payment is due August 1 and the last payment for the school year will be April 1, 2018.  You are pre-paying in August 2017 for May 2018 tuition.


Tuition is due on the first day of the month and late after the 5th.
A late fee of $15 will be added to any payment received after the 5th of the month.


Please mail your tuition payment to:  Children’s House Montessori School, 921 Ocean Ave., Ocean Springs, MS 39564


Please keep this information handy.  It might be useful to set up a folder for the Children’s House, so that you can keep your handbook, phone list, newsletters and other correspondence concerning the school all in one place.


If you have any questions concerning the above information, please contact Mary Ann Bounds.  Thank you for your cooperation in making this period of transition a smooth one for all!



The role of the teacher in a Montessori environment is to inspire the human potential, leading children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover.  The teacher’s ultimate objective is to help the child learn independently while retaining their natural curiosity, creativity and intelligence.  Montessori teachers do not only present lessons, they are also facilitators, mentors and guides.  Each of the five teachers at the Children’s House is either a certified Montessori Primary educator, has extensive training or is in the process of training/certification.  Each teacher has a genuine love and respect of children and the way God created each one individually.

Top Row (L to R):  Elaine Dent (Teacher), Mary Ann Bounds (Head Teacher), Kathy Williams (Teacher)

Bottom Row (L to R): Kelly O’Connor (Teacher), Rebecca Castleman (Teacher), Aurora Ellis (Teacher)



Being the only Montessori preschool on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we have a very long waiting list. Because of this, it is recommended that you get your child on the list as early as possible.  Many people put their child on the waiting list when they are pregnant.


No child will be enrolled without being on the waiting list.  Even church members and siblings must be put on the waiting list.  If you are interested in a Montessori education for your preschooler, we recommend that you put your child on the waiting list – even if you are undecided – you will always have the opportunity to decline if you make other plans.


Priority enrollment is given to children who have a sibling currently enrolled at the Children’s House, followed by children of First Presbyterian Church members and places remaining are filled from the general waiting list.


To put your child on the waiting list, please fill out and submit the form below.  A teacher from the Children’s House Montessori School will contact you via phone or e-mail.

Children's House Waiting List