What Parents Want
Most parents want a school that will help their children acquire the knowledge and skills they need to be successful adults, and that does so in an environment that nurtures and respects each child’s natural curiosity and unfolding personality.
Parents of young children who visit a Montessori school are quickly drawn to an environment and process of educating young children that feels intuitively comfortable and right. They see classrooms that are thoughtfully prepared to bring school routines to a cozy, home-like atmosphere. They see very young children working independently with manipulative objects to learn to read and understand mathematics. They see Montessori teachers artfully bridging the home – school experience. All of this is central to the Montessori Method, and the result is a successful first-school experience for children and their parents.
This experience continues as children progress through the school. The elementary and middle school programs build upon the early childhood experience to provide a pathway to college, career, and living a prosperous life. The curriculum evolves from level to level, with the individual threads woven into a rich, interdisciplinary tapestry.
The upper school program prepares students academically, but also socially and emotionally so they develop a strong sense of integrity, character and social justice. Parents see upper school students who are confident and at ease with themselves, who ask inquisitive questions and are able to draw connections and to think critically. Montessori students actively engage with adults and each other; they are able to manage time, work productively, and contribute to the community. They possess respect and responsibility.
Why Parents Choose Montessori
More and more parents are turning to the Montessori Method of education because it meets their expectations of a school. They appreciate the small class size that fosters close relationships with teachers over a three-year cycle. They see teachers who are participatory in the learning, conducting lessons in small group or individual format that affords an exchange of ideas and hands-on learning. They see Montessori students who love going to school because they are actively engaged not only in the rigorous curriculum, but in the life of the school – planning their own field trips, writing skits about sustainability, managing the weather station, leading classroom morning meetings and school assemblies. This process of teaching and learning is often what attracts parents to Montessori, but it is the product of our program that is most compelling – the compassionate, articulate, intellectually curious graduate.
Montessori alumni are a dynamic and diverse group. Although they have taken many different paths from this little campus, they remain intrinsically connected by their respective sense of purpose, innovation and drive.