The Academy is committed to the educational philosophy and approach developed by Dr. Maria Montessori in Italy over a century ago. Montessori is child-centered, allowing for and challenging students to take the lead in their own learning. It emphasizes independence and self-sufficiency, as well as grace and courtesy.
We believe in and adhere to the following program elements put forth by the American Montessori Society:
Once our students reach the Primary level, our classrooms are grouped in three-year cycles, comprised of a mix of ages. Collaboration between age levels is integral to reinforcing leadership skills and encourages mentoring. Younger children look up to, emulate, and learn alongside older children. Older children exercise greater responsibility in the classroom and truly master skills as they help teach younger children.
These videos and articles nicely capture why we think Montessori is the way to go: