NAMTA's purpose is to maintain Montessori traditions, and at the same time, to be on the cutting edge of innovative education. Accordingly, we provide the medium for study, interpretation, and improvement of Montessori education.
The following are capital budget items—those expenses which deal with furniture, fixtures, and non-consumable Montessori hardware. The costs listed are estimates established in 1996. For the operating budget, consult the next section on Finances.
Preschool or Elementary $17,000-$25,000 (for one classroom).
Preschool $550-$880—equipment for washing, pouring, polishing, food preparation, eating, etc. (per classroom).
Preschool or Elementary $3,000-$4,000—includes chairs, tables, and bricks and boards to build shelving (per classroom).
Office Furniture and Equipment
Budget $700-$3,500. Much equipment is available used, but options such as a computer or laminator can be very expensive.
Budget $500-$1,000 per class. There is nothing like beautiful books, although used books are sometimes better than new.
License and Occupancy Fees
Budget $500-$1,000 per class.
Refurbishing a classroom depends strictly on the condition of the site and the standards of the school. It always represents some expense.