"All our handling of the child will bear fruit, not only at the moment, but in the adult they are destined to become."
-Maria Montessori

Welcome to Mariposa Montessori

image of a girl wearing a yellow hat.

Our Mission

We are a peaceful community dedicated to authentic Montessori education, founded on the passionate belief that every individual should be treated with respect. The child’s joy and curiosity is supported through inviting, thoughtfully arranged learning environments and guides who provide a sense of harmony and order. We are a nurturing school that inspires independence, creative thinking and success in life!

Locations and Contact Information

Ages 8 weeks to 6 years old
7809 Brodie Ln
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-428-4280

Ages 3 to 12 years old
4622 South Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78745
Phone: 512-891-0093

Ages 8 weeks to 12 years old
3338 Paisano Trail
Austin, TX 78745
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E-mail: admissions@mariposamontessori.com
For wait list questions or general enrollment questions, please visit our Admissions page.

About Us

Mariposa Montessori is proud to be Austin's only American Montessori Society Fully Accredited Member school. We have two campuses housing a Nido program, two Young Children’s Communities, three Children’s Houses, and a Lower Elementary program. Mariposa Montessori School is dedicated to creating a loving community for the families of South Austin, built on the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our children are supported and respected on every level; spiritually, emotionally, academically and socially.

Whitney Falcon, the Founder and Head of School, is passionate about authentic Montessori education. In 2007, she channeled that passion into creating Mariposa Montessori School. The school began with six children in a Young Children’s Community and six in a Children’s House. Today, Mariposa is thriving with an enrollment of more than 110 students, supporting children from 8 weeks to 10 years old in its Nido, two Young Children's Communities, three Children’s Houses, and our new Lower Elementary program.

At Mariposa Montessori School, we are strongly committed to adhering to the Montessori approach to teaching without diluting the philosophy; we provide a high-quality Montessori education to every child enrolled. Each classroom employs an AMS trained and certified lead guide, along with Montessori trained assistant guides. The classrooms are designed and equipped to meet the developmental needs of each child. Mariposa students benefit from personalized education, with an emphasis on cultivating social skills and teaching peaceful conflict resolution. At Mariposa, we nurture the whole child.

Mariposa Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, nationality or ethnic origin with regard to hiring, admissions or in the administration of any of its programs.

Our Programs

A sleeping infant in Mariposa Montessori's Nido Program


The Nido (Italian for “nest”) program provides quality care for a maximum of 8 infants, ages 8 weeks to 17 months. This carefully designed Montessori environment provides a warm and peaceful space where each child is nurtured by a Certified Infant and Toddler Guide and two assistants. We are aware that the infant is absorbing everything which is seen and heard into his psyche. It is of utmost importance to us that we continuously provide positive circumstances for our infants to experience. Read more...

Young Children's Community

Each of our Young Children’s Community environments consist of one Montessori certified Guide and one assistant with a maximum of 13 children ages 18 months to 3 years. The Young Children’s Community is carefully prepared to aid the toddler in achieving independence and reach their full potential. The materials are chosen for their ability to enhance particular skills based on movement, language, and order. The child is free to move about the environment at will. Maria Montessori outlined the importance of focused attention and the unobstructed use of the hand in the development of the mind. The freedom experienced in this carefully prepared environment gives the children the opportunity to discover and follow their own interests, and to become inspired by all they touch and see. Read more...

Children's House

Students at Mariposa Montessori from three through six years of age enjoy the benefits of a three-year curriculum designed specifically for them. The Montessori early childhood classroom, or Children’s House, is an environment designed to meet the needs of the children. Children need real work to prepare them for real life. “Never do for a child what he can do for himself,” Maria Montessori once stated. Read more...

Lower & Upper Elementary

In the Lantana classroom, children ages 6-12 have the opportunity to follow their sense of wonder, develop essential academic skills, practice peaceful community building, and grow in their understanding of the world around them. At this level, Montessori serves elementary-aged children through a program that promotes learning by offering exploration of big questions about the universe, time, civilizations, communication, and more. Within this science-based curriculum, subjects like math, geometry, geography, and history naturally coalesce and deepen, creating a truly personalized education limited only by the breadth of a child’s imagination. Read more...

Our Staff (click on images to learn more)

photo of Whitney Falcon, Head of School

Whitney Falcon
Head of School

photo of Stacy Dean, Director

Stacy Dean
Brodie Campus

photo of John Falcon, Director of South Lamar Campus

John Falcon
South Lamar Campus

photo of Annie Hoaldridge-Dopkins, Director of Education, South Lamar Campus

Annie Hoaldridge-Dopkins
Director of Education

photo of Kelsey Cockrum, Nido Lead Guide

Kelsey Cockrum
Nido Lead Guide

photo of Helen Lee, Nido Support Guide

Helen Lee
Nido Support Guide

photo of Stacy Marcus, Outdoor Education

Stacy Marcus
Outdoor Education

photo of Sidney Randel, After School Support Guide

Sidney Randel
After School Support Guide
Brodie Campus

photo of Jessica Casares, Young Children's Community Lead Guide

Jessica Casares
Young Children's Community
Lead Guide

photo of Jasmin Handy, Young Children's Community Support Guide

Jasmin Handy
Young Children's Community
Support Guide

photo of Kaitlin Calabrese, Young Children's Community Lead Guide

Kaitlin Calabrese
Young Children's Community
Lead Guide

photo of Jennifer Lopez, Young Children's Community Support Guide

Jennifer Lopez
Young Children's Community
Support Guide

photo of Melissa Akers, Children's House Lead Guide

Melissa Akers
Children's House Lead Guide
South Lamar Campus

photo of Amanda Baker, Children's House Support Guide

Amanda Baker
Children's House Support Guide
South Lamar Campus

photo of Meryze Fernando, Children's House Lead Guide

Meryze Fernando
Children's House Lead Guide

photo of Becky Handy, Children's House Support Guide

Becky Handy
Children's House Support Guide

photo of Elizabeth Howe, Children's House Lead Guide

Elizabeth Howe
Children's House Lead Guide

photo of Christina Thomas, Children's House Support Guide

Christina Thomas
Children's House Support Guide

photo of Nick Carlson, After School Support Guide

Nick Carlson
After School Support Guide
South Lamar Campus

photo of Sarah Keller, Elementary Lead Guide

Sarah Keller
Elementary Lead Guide
South Lamar Campus

photo of Catherine Cottingham, Elementary Lead Guide, South Lamar Campus

Catherine Cottingham
Elementary Lead Guide
South Lamar Campus

photo of Bella Hamm, After School Support Guide

Bella Hamm
After School Support Guide

photo of Sarah Zapata, After School Support Guide

Sarah Zapata
After School Support Guide

2017-2018 Tuition & Fee Schedule

Environment Age Group Hours Tuition
Nido 8 weeks to 17 months 7:30am to 5:30pm A - One Payment $13,250.00
B - Semi-Annually $6,790.63
C - Monthly $1,391.25
Young Children's Community
full day
18 months to 3 years 8:30am to 3:00pm A - One Payment $10,100.00
B - Semi-Annually $5,176.25
C - Monthly $1060.50
Young Children's Community
half day
18 months to 3 years 8:30am to 12:00pm A - One Payment $9,550.00
B - Semi-Annually $4,894.38
C - Monthly $1002.75
Children's House
full day
3 years to 6 years 8:30am to 3:00pm A - One Payment $9,550.00
B - Semi-Annually $4,894.38
C - Monthly $1002.75
Children's House
half day
3 years to 6 years 8:30am to 12:00pm A - One Payment $9.050.00
B - Semi-Annually $4,638.13
C - Monthly $950.25
Lower Elementary
full day
6 years to 9 years 8:30am to 3:00pm A - One Payment $10,000.00
B - Semi-Annually $5,125.00
C - Monthly $1050.00

Other Fees

Before School All except Nido 7:30am to 8:30am $50/month
After School All except Nido 3:00pm to 5:30pm $200/month
Before and After School All except Nido   $225/month
Supply Fee All Students   $100 due twice annually

Application Fee (one time) - $75.00
Enrollment (one-time non refundable) - $350.00
Annual Enrollment Renewal (Re-enrollment) - $250.00
Supply Fee (semiannually) - $100.00 due August 1st & January 1st (if starting after August or January, fee is pro-rated for semester and due upon acceptance of enrollment)

Tuition Policy
Mariposa Montessori School collects tuition in a few different ways: Tuition can be paid by the year (A), in 2 semi- annual semester installments (B), or 10 equal monthly installments (C).

  • A - Payment is due on June 1, 2017
  • B - Payments are due on August 1st, 2017 and January 1st, 2018 for the following school year, defined as August 2017 – May 2018.
  • C – Payments are due on 1st day of each month, August 2017 – May 2018. Payments received after the third business day of the month will incur a $30.00 late fee for that month’s installment payment.
  • Recurring payment options are available for option C. A sibling discount of 10% off the lessor of your children’s tuition rates is available only for option C (even if paid for the year in full).

    Upon acceptance to Mariposa Montessori School, you will receive an enrollment contract requesting a non-refundable Enrollment Fee. The Enrollment Fee is a minimum payment regardless of when the student is enrolled and confirms your intent to enroll your child at Mariposa Montessori School.  After receiving the Enrollment Fee and completed enrollment contract, we will provide individualized information about tuition and any applicable Before and After School fees you have enrolled for.