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.