About Montessori learning

Every class has children who are frustrated because they are ready to move on, or others who need just need a little more time. Children have unique gifts, and are not necessarily ready to learn the same thing at the same time just because they have similar birth dates. Montessori learning provides the freedom and structure that enable children to pursue their personal best.

Dr. Maria Montessori (pronounced Mon-tuh-sor-ee) was one of the first women to earn a medical doctorate in Italy. She developed her approach 100 years ago with high-need students in Italy and India. Notable people who attended Montessori schools include Sean Combs, Beyonce, and the founders of Google.

Unique features of Montessori

  • Each child has an individual work plan and can advance at his or her own pace
  • Children learn from and with each other in multi-aged classes 
    • Primary level – children ages 4-6 (Pre-K through Kindergarten)
    • Lower Elementary – ages 6-9 (1st through 3rd grade)
    • Upper Elementary – ages 9-12 (4th through 6th grade)
  • Teachers give lessons individually or in small groups
  • Hands-on materials help children make sense of abstract concepts
  • Two adults in most classes – a lead teacher and an assistant; lead teachers are state certified, and both receive professional development

To learn more about Montessori, visit the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector