We adhere to the principles and philosophy of educator Dr. Maria Montessori, while incorporating the work of others in fields of developmental psychology and education. We observe and follow the child to aid each in realizing his or her unique potential. Our school environments are prepared for developmental age groupings, with concrete educational materials and aids to the imagination. We honor diversity and strive to create situations in which the expression of differences leads to understanding and appreciation. First and foremost, our responsibility is to the children – providing for them an atmosphere of trust with opportunity for choice and where work is expected and respected.
As an AMS affiliated Montessori school, we follow the core components of the American Montessori Society, including:
Our students are grouped into classrooms by developmental stages.
18 months through 3 years old
3 years old through charter kindergarten
1st through 3rd grade
4th through 6th grade
7th and 8th grade
This arrangement works for the advantage of all the children, instilling in them a sense of community and mutual aid, naturally replacing competition. In practice, the younger children keenly observe the activities of and are often taught by the more mature and experienced older children. The older children benefit in teaching the younger the tasks they themselves have mastered and thereby realize their first experiences in leadership. The Montessori teacher is an overseer, facilitator, and guide in this process.
The Montessori teacher is an overseer, facilitator, and guide in this process.
In addition to these components, our school prides itself on teaching independence, life skills, self-care, accountability, and a strong sense of self.