• Hershey Montessori School, Huntsburg Campus (map)
  • 11530 Madison Rd.
  • Huntsburg Twp., Ohio 44046
  • United States


Registration for the 2019 Hershey Orientation will open mid-December.

June 30 - August 2, 2019
Hershey Montessori School, Huntsburg Campus
11530 Madison Rd.
Huntsburg Twp., Ohio 44046

Fees (USD)
Application Fee: $25 ($50 after May 1, 2019)
Tuition Fee: $6,000
Lodging Fee: $2,000

The Farm Experience

A unique aspect of the Hershey Orientation is that all participants live on the farm in dormitories for the full 5 weeks.

Living on the farm campus has proven to be a very special and foundational experience for past Orientation participants. Participants have a chance to be immersed in a community experience based very specifically on Maria Montessori’s idea for “erdkinder” in her writings on adolescent development.

The Hershey Farm is a lovely retreat spot, with lots of woods, beautiful gardens, and a state-of-the-art, beautifully furnished “farm house” and dorms with all wood floors and a commercial kitchen. There are patio spaces for lounging, a basketball court, animal barns, and walking trails.

Participants get a glimpse of the powerful experience offered to adolescents of being on the land, in a genuine community, in a social context where they share work and study every day.  The goal is that participants come to feel a bond with colleagues in this work and come to enjoy each other’s company and comradeship. Staying at the farm has been one of the highlights of the experience for past participants.

For more information about housing, and other important logistical and preparatory information please see the links below.


Required and Recommended Readings

FAQs (arrival/departure, transportation, packing list, etc...)


Director of Training: Laurie Ewert-Krocker

Laurie Ewert-Krocker is the upper school director and pedagogical advisor at Hershey Montessori School in Huntsburg, Ohio. She holds AMI diplomas at the primary and elementary levels, a BA in English from John Carroll University (OH), and an MA in English from the University of Washington. Ms. Ewert-Krocker was the founding head teacher of Hershey Montessori School’s Adolescent Community, a Montessori farm school model, and she works as a consultant to Montessori adolescent programs around the world.

Advisors: Chris Marks, Pat Ludick, Tony Losasso

Intern Advisor: Emily Dowell

Guest Lecturers: Susan Holmes, Michael Waski, Diane Ceo-DiFrancesco, Erin Foley