The following is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions about Montessori and our school. Please click on each link to see the answers.
Using her scientific background and ideas from several prominent scholars of the time, she developed a theory of education based on the notion that children have the capacity to learn independently from their environment. She promoted the notion that providing children with choices of activities in a well-prepared and nurturing environment allows them to develop their innate love of learning, their independence, self-esteem, and other educational habits that will serve them a lifetime. Dr. Montessori’s legacy can still be seen today by the increasing number and popularity of Montessori schools found worldwide.
The Montessori method allows them to explore independently and to learn at their own optimal pace. Using the Montessori approach, learning becomes meaningful, productive, and effective. Children are encouraged to develop their own innate love of learning instead of it being hampered by a one-size-fits-all program. They are encouraged to develop and pursue their own interests, which leads to improved motivation, concentration, confidence, and self-discipline.
Please note that despite the fact that we have grandfathered in prior schedules for returning families, we ask that you please consider switching your schedules to help us optimize the normalization of our classrooms.
Students spend the day working individually, in group activities, small-group lessons, or receiving one-on-one assistance from a teacher. They create reports, give presentations, work with Montessori materials, complete collaborative group assignments, plan and arrange class field trips and activities, and much more.
Research has shown that students learn best when work is meaningful, engaging, and interesting. Our elementary programs reflect this by empowering the students with choices, tailoring hands-on assignments to include the interests of the students, and allowing them the freedom to learn and develop at their own pace. The level of responsibility and degree of choices the students have empower them to take a vested interest and a sense of ownership over their work.
There are no limits or restrictions on how far our students are able to excel! Visit the Programs page to learn more about the many benefits of a Montessori elementary education.
The multi-age grouping is one of these features. The impact and efficacy of peer learning is a powerful tool that benefits both the younger and older children. The younger children have older students to look up to and learn from. The older children are able to enhance their leadership abilities and reinforce an understanding of their own skills and knowledge by sharing with younger children. Children learn to collaborate, problem-solve, and expand their social skills in a way that would not be possible in a classroom comprised of one age group.
The Montessori teacher is trained to provide the guidance and maximize the potential of each child in a respectful and constructive manner. The teacher uses gentle re-direction among other strategies to ensure the children are working at their maximum potential and are actively engaged in work during the day.
The elementary students are also evaluated on their mastery of concepts and subject matter. Evidence of mastery is demonstrated in their ability to relay the information to the teacher or their peers using a variety of methods. All elementary students take the IOWA Standardized Tests at the end of the school year to assist in evaluating their progress, their grade equivalence, and areas of strength and weakness.
Parents are invited to two parent-teacher conferences each year where they will be given a written report. We also invite the parents twice each year to a parent-child night. These nights give the child an opportunity to become the guide for the parent and show them their accomplishments and/or present some of the materials they have been working with.
We have enjoyed seeing the myriad success stories of past students whose lives we have been privileged to be a part of and are planning to add an alumni page to this website in the near future.
There are two main organizations known worldwide that offer accreditation to schools based on various qualifying requirements. The New School is accredited by one of them, the American Montessori Society. The other organization is the Association Montessori Internationale. Accreditation by one of these organizations is a good way to ensure the school adheres to Montessori principles and to the Montessori Code of Ethics.