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I have kids in lower elementary public Montessori, too. They have assigned seating, but they are free to move about the room and sit in other places to do work. It's just that they keep their own belongings in their assigned desk, and sit there often to write, read, do math, etc. They also have other tables, and areas on the floor where they can use a rug to work on.
Anyhow, I guess I would just observe and see what your overal feeling is. My kids' class this past year was chaotic and loud at times, which is not at all typical of other Montessori schools (including another public one my oldest attended). I think, in part, it was just the dynamics of the particular children, along with it being the first year the Montessori program began at their school, which meant most of the kids were from the 'regular' classrooms, plus it was the teacher's first year. I decided it wasn't enough of a reason to pull them out, or anything, and there were times when it was quieter, calmer, and more peaceful - plus my kids LOVED it, and learned so much. I would prefer a more 'true' Montessori environment that wasn't part of the public school system, but we don't have that in our city, and couldn't afford the tuition, anyhow.
If you and your child like the teacher, and your child enjoys school and learning, I would take that as a good sign.
Hope his first day goes well!