There are several components to the Montessori educational philosophy. These fundamental tenets make each classroom a special and inspiring place.
All of our classrooms are multi-age classrooms, usually with students ranging in three-year spans, structured around the four distinct planes of development. This allows each child an opportunity to experience being a newcomer and eventually a leader in the classroom community. Strong and meaningful relationships are built among students, teachers, and parents because children stay with the same teacher for three years. These relationships are crucial to providing the best education possible. The classroom is a community of learners who learn from one another and form enduring bonds.
The classroom teacher acts as a guide and facilitator, rather than as a traditional educator, and is continually assessing the progress of each student. The teacher provides lessons and guides the children in the pursuit of their interests and passions and spends most of the time working with small groups of students as the rest of the class works independently under the supervision of the teacher assistants.
While we teach all of the traditional academic subjects, we pay special attention to the social and emotional needs of each child. Responsibility, independence, care of the community, and joy of learning are all valued qualities that the students learn in every classroom. Class performances, week-long trips, cultural field trips, Flex Fridays, and Sandwich Shop are further examples of the many opportunities in which students can learn and practice essential life-long skills.