That's because besides many being parents of current students at DPS' two existing Montessori elementaries, which receive linkage privileges in the entry lottery, the attendance at the event roughly mirrored the 75 or so students expected in the first sixth grade class at the school.
That class -- to be housed at the George Watts Montessori Magnet school on Watts St. -- will be the first to become part of what's slated to become a three-hundred student home for sixth through eighth graders.
And that also means the first class enrolled as sixth graders will see a lot of changes by the time that they complete eighth grade. "We can't be everything in year one that we can in year three," said DPS assistant superintendent for secondary education Chris Bennett.
And while the audience was full of parents who seemed eager for their kids to continue their K-5 Montessori education in a middle school format, he also warned parents that there would be some natural tradeoffs in attending the District's smallest middle school.
"It is different. It is not traditional. And it is not a traditional middle school," Bennett noted.