ACADEMICS AT SCHOOL
The Montessori method was first developed in the early 1900's by Dr. Maria Montessori. The Montessori method's focus is on the individuality of each child in respect to their needs or
talents as opposed to the needs of the class as a whole.
The Montessori method encourages independence and freedom with limits and responsibility.
It also allows for the child to grow independently and encourages the self-absorption
of information. A 2006 study published in the, Journal of Science, concluded that
Montessori students performed better than their standard public school counterparts in a
variety of areas, including not only traditional academic areas such as language and mathematical reasoning, but in social cognitive skills as well.The authors concluded that,
"when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools." Montessori children
are usually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups.
Children who experience Montessori education have been encouraged to make decisions
from an early age, these children are problem-solvers who can make choices
and manage their time well.
Students have been encouraged to exchange ideas and to discuss their work freely with others by using good communication skills to ease the way in their new setting. Research has shown that the best predictor of future success is a sense of self-esteem. Montessori programs,
based on self directed, non-competitive activities, help children develop good self images
and the confidence to face challenges and encourage their optimism.
To enrich the children’s minds, we offer Spanish class as part of their curriculum. We recognize that daily activity is very important to a child’s well-being, for this reason we have Physical Education class as part of their daily routine run by a dedicated PE teacher. For the Middle School, we offer Computer class as a part of their curriculum. .