Mission Statement

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The mission of the Montessori Community School is to provide a rich, individualized educational experience, which guides and nurtures the natural unfolding of the whole individual and inspires a lifetime love of learning and peace.

The Montessori Community School has been established to encourage and promote the intellectual, physical and social development of children. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the development of the child in a carefully prepared environment. A prepared environment is one in which the child is able to develop freely at his or her own pace, unhindered in the spontaneous unfolding of his or her natural capacities. This occurs through the manipulation of a graded series of self-correcting materials designed to stimulate the senses and eventually one’s thinking, leading from perception to intellectual skills. Responsible freedom and inner self-discipline are encouraged. The joy of learning is emphasized and the child is helped to develop a positive self-image.

We nurture self-worth. We affirm that self-worth is the crucial ingredient for the full expression of a person’s potential. We strive to base every interaction between community members on this principle -- from how we discipline, to respecting personal learning styles and stages of development. This is the very fabric of our community and our educational methods. The social development of the children in the class is greatly emphasized. It takes place naturally as the children learn to respect each other and become affectionate and cooperative.

Our Montessori classrooms are designed to meet the needs, interests and abilities of all the children in the class. The teachers create and adapt the environment with this community of children in mind. They modify the selection of educational materials available, the physical layout and the tone of the class, to best fit the ever-changing needs of the children. Our Montessori teachers, who serve as observers and guides in the classroom, are all Montessori trained and certified. Many of our teachers have been with us for over a decade and have upwards of twenty years experience with the Montessori method.

To consider the school as a place where instruction is given is one point of view. But to consider the school as preparation for life is another. In the latter case the school must satisfy all the needs of life.”

– Maria Montessori