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Community Partners Giving Levels

Each Community Partners name reflects a key component of the Montessori philosophy. Our school is successful because of the brilliance of Montessori! We hope you will join us.

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PDF chart of all levels and benefits. 


$100,000 – Maria Montessori Leader’s Circle

  • Recognition as a Maria Montessori Leader’s Circle Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Unlimited access to City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Diamond Level Sponsor for four City Garden events throughout the year, including our annual Gala, Night of Jazz and R&B and two City Garden Community Partners networking events. This includes:
    • Recognition on all event related promotional materials.
    • Signage displayed prominently in four locations at each event.
    • Full page advertisement in each event program.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s Night of Jazz and R&B event.

Maria Montessori was an early education reformer and advocate for women's rights, child labor laws and humanistic advances throughout Europe. An Italian scientist and physician, Montessori developed successful methods for teaching "unteachable" children and became convinced that all children are inherently eager to absorb everything and learn. Montessori's teaching philosophy and methods redefined the whole idea of education.

$75,000 – Cosmic Education Partner 

  • Recognition as a Cosmic Education Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Unlimited tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Diamond Level Sponsor for three City Garden events throughout the year, including our annual Gala, Night of Jazz and R&B and one City Garden Community Partners networking event. This includes:
    • Recognition as a sponsoring partner on invitations.
    • Recognition on all event related promotional materials.
    • Signage displayed prominently in four locations at each event.
    • Full page advertisement in each event program.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s Night of Jazz and R&B event.

Cosmic Education inspires a deep and broad vision of the universe to help children discover the innate connections between divergent bodies of knowledge. This promotes awareness of their own roles and responsibilities in our global society..

$50,000 – Great Lessons Partner

  • Recognition as a Great Lessons Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Unlimited tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Diamond Level Sponsor for two City Garden events throughout the year: our annual Gala and the Night of Jazz and R&B. This includes:
    • Recognition as a sponsoring partner on invitations.
    • Recognition on all event related promotional materials.
    • Signage displayed prominently in four locations at each event.
    • Full page advertisement in each event program.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s Night of Jazz and R&B event.

The bold, exciting, annual Great Lessons awaken elementary children’s imaginations and curiosity. The Great Lessons describe the Big Bang, Occurrence of Life, Human Beings, Language and the Story of Numbers.

$25,000 – Prepared Environment Partner

  • Recognition as a Prepared Environment Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Unlimited tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Recognition as a Diamond Level Sponsor for City Garden’s annual Gala. This includes:
    • Recognition as a sponsoring partner on invitations.
    • Recognition on all event related promotional materials.
    • Signage displayed prominently in four locations at each event.
    • Full page advertisement in City Garden’s Gala event program.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.

The Prepared Environment refers to the carefully selected, aesthetically arranged materials in a Montessori classroom, presented sequentially to meet the child's developmental needs.

$10,000 – Secret of Childhood Partner 

  • Recognition as a Secret of Childhood Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Ten tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Platinum Level Sponsor for City Garden’s our annual Gala. This includes:
    • Recognition on all event related promotional materials.
    • Signage displayed prominently in four locations at each event.
    • Full page advertisement in City Garden’s Gala event program.
    • Ten tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.

The Secret of Childhood is the idea that children are drawn to being focused and engagedcalm and quietindependent and self-directed, happy and content.  Given the right circumstances, they will be happy to teach themselves.

$5,000 – Casa dei Bambini Partner

  • Recognition as an Casa dei Bambini Partner on City Garden’s website. 
  • Five tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Gold Level Sponsor for City Garden’s annual Gala. This includes:
    • Signage displayed prominently in three locations at the Gala.
    • Full page advertisement in the event program.
    • Six tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.

Meaning “Children’s House” in Italian, Casa Dei Bambini was the name of Dr. Montessori’s first school (1907), and the classroom name for children ages 3 to 6 years. We split Kindergarten (6yrs old) out separately due to state funding restrictions.

$3,600 – Close the Gap Partner

  • Recognition as a Close the Gap Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Two tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Silver Level Sponsor for City Garden’s annual Gala. This includes:
    • Signage displayed prominently in two locations at the Gala.
    • Half-page advertisement in each event program.
    • Two tickets to City Garden’s annual Gala event.

To provide Montessori education to every student, we must Close the Gap between public funds  ($8,000 per student per year) and the cost of high-achieving education ($11,600 per student per year), leaving a “Gap” of $3,600 per student per academic year.

$1,000 Nido (Nest) Partner

  • Recognition as a Nido (Nest) Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Two tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Recognition as a Bronze Level Sponsor for City Garden’s annual Gala. This includes:
    • Signage displayed prominently in one location at the Gala.
    • Quarter-page advertisement in City Garden’s annual Gala event program.

Meaning “nest” in Italian, Nido is a Montessori environment for infants ages 2 – 14 months. City Garden does not have this program, but respect for the educational impact of this age is factored into our Primary Program.

$500 – Absorbent Mind Partner

  • Recognition as a Absorbent Mind Partner on City Garden’s website.
  • Two tickets to two City Garden Community Partners networking events annually.
  • Regular updates and information regarding City Garden and education reform in St. Louis.
  • Quarter-page advertisement in City Garden’s annual Gala event program.

The Absorbent Mind is a cornerstone of Montessori philosophy. From birth to 6yrs old, children exhibit intense mental activity that “absorbs” knowledge from their environment, learning without conscious effort, naturally and spontaneously.