The Open Door School

Open Door follows the Progressive philosophy of education. Progressive education is a movement that was first described by John Dewey in the beginning of the last century. Its mission is to help children grow into self-confident, ethical members of society.

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Contact Information

Office Hours: M-F, 9:00-3:00
Director: Sheila Locklear
Telephone: 704-364-1521

All classes for the current school year are full with waiting lists.
The enrollment period for the 2017/2018 school year will kick off at our annual Open House on February 7, 2017 from 6:30-8:00 PM (adults only please). We will release registration forms at the end of the evening.
Enrollment will run through February 28. Either attendance at Open House or a personal tour is required prior to enrolling your child. If you cannot make it to Open House, contact the ODS office to schedule a tour in January or February.
Registration forms are not processed in a first come/first served manner – rather, we collect all the forms and fees throughout the month of February, then sort them beginning March 1. Class placements are announced by March 15.
There are scholarship funds available, so be sure to request a scholarship application at your tour or at Open House, if you are interested in applying for assistance.

Focusing on Solutions: Positive Discipline Tools for Families
February 2 and March 23, 2017
6:30-8:30 PM in Freeman Hall at Open Door School
Positive Discipline is a time honored approach for helping children develop a sense of belonging and contribution, personal responsibility, respect for self and others, problem solving and cooperation skills.
Learn how Positive Discipline can help you encourage children and yourself through the challenging and rewarding experiences of parenting! This workshop will be hands on, practical and movement-friendly.
The price includes both workshops, the required workbook and 4 CEU’s (if relevant).
Workshops will be led by Melanie Greely, a teacher at Chantilly Montessori Elementary and a certified Montessori Facilitator. She holds a Masters in Education and extensive training in Positive Discipline.
You may register by using the Paypal button below.

There is a very active Parent Council that plans community-building events, adult education forums, and community outreach opportunities, and coordinates fundraising efforts to generate funds for scholarships as well as particular needs of the school as they develop. To connect with the ODS community, learn about upcoming events that are open to the public, or to find out more about the Parent Council, find us at:
ODS Facebook page, where pictures, news and events are posted:
ODS Families page, where families can ask for support, resources, opinions, etc: