We are the only non-sectarian private school in the area. We offer cultural diversity in that our student body hails from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. We offer financial aid, busing, non-traditional teaching methods, an on-site library, multi-age classrooms, independent learning activities, and acceleration levels. Life skills are also a part of our teaching curriculum. Our middle school curriculum prepares students for advanced placement, accelerated courses, and entry into the area’s best high schools, college preparatory schools, and academies.
The Academy offers a comprehensive Montessori education for students in toddler, PreK, and full-day kindergarten through eighth grade.
Montessori Academy, guided by the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, immerses students in a diverse community that values creativity and nurtures each student’s social, emotional, and academic growth.
“Imagine a place where your child is always greeted warmly and made to feel welcome with a parent-communication experience that keeps you informed and confident that your child has fallen in love with learning.”
A Little About Our Programs
Toddler (12 months – 3 years)
Early Childhood, from birth through age 6, is the first of these developmental plans. Toddlers are part of the beginning half of this plane where, as Montessori explained it, children have “an absorbent mind.” From birth until age 3 the children are, without any effort, soaking up everything about their world like little sponges; this is the unconscious, absorbent mind.
Based on the prepared environment and respect for the child, the Montessori Academy Toddler Community nurtures the absorbent mind of growing, active, and curious children. Materials and activities are tailored to skills that are valuable to toddler development and help enable children to care for themselves, the environment, and each other. While attending the toddler program, children have the chance to develop relationships with other children and adults while engaging in stimulating individual and group activities.
Children’s House (3 years through Kindergarten)
Montessori Academy’s Children’s House program allows children to fully explore the Montessori materials and educational activities within a stimulating prepared learning environment. In addition, children develop social skills, independence, self-esteem, critical thinking skills, and a love of learning through their interaction with peers, teachers, and the prepared environment.
The goal of the Children’s Houses is to foster a love of learning and gain an understanding of global citizenship. Students engage in opportunities to develop self-regulation, social awareness, peer relationships, and leadership. Prior to their kindergarten year, students attend a minimum of five half-days per week with the option to attend two, three, or five full days per week. At the kindergarten level, students attend five full days.
Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3)
During the Lower Elementary program, students build on their emerging understanding of concrete concepts and skills. They independently explore mathematics, physical science, biology, geography, and history to form a greater understanding of the world in which they live. They work in a collaborative environment to discover their unique interests through the use of daily work plans. As students progress through Lower Elementary, they build upon previous knowledge by revisiting concepts with a wider scope and greater detail.
Lower Elementary students develop fundamental academic skills through the completion of specific work every day. They have the chance to work independently, work with a partner, and work in groups. They practice respect and develop self-discipline while attending structured lessons that help them move through the curriculum at an appropriate level of challenge as they move from concrete concepts to abstract understanding.
Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)
Our Montessori Upper Elementary program continues to provide collaborative communities that recognize and support the children’s growth toward adolescence. Students remain in the same classroom for three years, building a close working relationship with their teachers and peers. In an environment of continuity, this unique feature of the Montessori curriculum promotes creativity, builds self-esteem, and allows the development of leadership skills. Older children naturally become mentors for their younger classmates and children in Lower Elementary and the Children’s Houses.
The overall goal of work at the upper elementary level is to support, guide and challenge children in the years from 9-12. Students in the Upper Elementary program follow a comprehensive curriculum structured around a three-year continuum. Montessori materials are used at the upper elementary level to introduce new concepts, and children at this age often move to paper and pencil practice more rapidly than when they were younger. Textbooks are introduced at this level and teachers continue to prepare hands-on learning experiences.
Middle School (Grades 7-8)
Our Montessori Middle School program supports students as they begin the transition from childhood to adulthood. Students are introduced to new information and new ways to process that information. Direct experiences, including field trips and simulations, are an important part of the curriculum. Student work is graded in all subject areas.
Students read for information in science, history, literature, and math. Textbooks, other print media, and online resources are used along with direct instruction, discussion, and research. Writing instruction focuses on writing for different audiences, for different purposes, and using different media. Math instruction includes pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and, for those who are ready, Geometry.
Children enrolled in our program will have the opportunity to work in the following areas:
- Practical life
- Gross Motor
- Art, Music, and Movement
- Grace and Courtesy
Hear it from our parents!
“The school is truly a community. It really feels like a large extended family. I love the staff and the atmosphere as well as the fact that my older son was able to work to his own pace and level, resulting in him far exceeding traditional kindergarten materials during his kindergarten year. Academically, he is more than ready for first grade.”
“My oldest daughter began at the school when she was just over 2 years old. She is now entering second grade, and our twin daughters are entering their second year of Children’s House. We are continually impressed with the staff, parent organization, events, and community of the school. Our girls love going to school each day and cherish the relationships they have built.”
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