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Starting a New Montessori School: Capital Budget

3. New School Capital Budget


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.


Montessori Apparatus

Preschool or Elementary $17,000-$25,000 (for one classroom).


Practical Life

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.


Building Repair

Refurbishing a classroom depends strictly on the condition of the site and the standards of the school. It always represents some expense.

Organizational Roots 
Site Selection 

New School Capital Budget New School Operations Budget

Promotion Starting Montessori Classes Legal Issues

Startup and Cycle of Financial Operations Chart of Accounts