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What Makes Montessori Unique?

  • Montessori schools begin with a deep respect for children as unique individuals, and they work from a deep concern for children's social and emotional development. A core concept of Montessori education is to encourage children to become independent thinkers.
  • Montessori schools are warm and supportive communities of students, teachers, and parents. Children don't get lost in the crowd.
  • Montessori education consciously teaches children to be kind and peaceful.
  • Montessori classrooms are bright and exciting environments for learning.
  • In Montessori schools, learning is not focused on rote drill and memorization. Our goal is to develop students who really understand their schoolwork.
  • Montessori students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research. They become actively engaged in their studies rather than passively waiting to be spoon fed.
  • Montessori education is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively.
  • We challenge and set high expectations for all our students, not only a special few.
  • Montessori schools normally reflect a highly diverse student body and their curriculum promotes mutual respect and a global perspective.
  • Montessori instills within students a love for the natural world. Natural science and outdoor education is an important element of our children's experience.
  • The Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and integrated to demonstrate the connections among the different subject areas. Every class teaches critical thinking, composition and research. History lessons link architecture, the arts, science and technology.
  • In Montessori schools, students learn to care about others through community service.
  • In Montessori schools, we not only teach; we facilitate learning, coach our students along, and come to know them as friends and mentors.
  • Students in Montessori schools are not afraid of making mistakes; they see them as natural steps in the learning process.
  • Montessori students learn to collaborate and work together in learning and on major projects. They strive for their personal best rather than compete against one another for the highest grade in their class.

Montessori is an education for life.