Our loving and language rich toddler community will meet the needs of growing toddlers (1.5 and 2-years-old). At The Montessori School, your toddler will be given opportunities to develop basic motor coordination, independence, and language skills. Our trained and caring Montessori teachers will be able to adjust to your toddler's needs as they experience their first contact with other children and learn to participate in a cooperative group.
The Montessori preschool classroom flourishes under the guidance of a Montessori teacher in a "prepared environment." During the formative years (between three and six), children easily learn the skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, which they find fascinating.
Activities in the preschool classroom include early language and number work, "practical life" (cooking, manners, personal care...), introduction to cultures and geography, art and music activities, Spanish, botany, and zoology.
A Montessori preschool education develops a creative, caring, confident child who loves to learn.
The kindergarten year is the culminating year of our preschool program. Kindergarten students continue working each morning on their individual lesson plans, as well as socializing with and mentoring younger classmates. As leaders in the classroom, kindergarteners enjoy privileges that come with being the oldest and most experienced students.
In the afternoons, the kindergarten students follow a curriculum designed especially for them. In addition, they enjoy field trips, physical education, music, and Spanish.
Our elementary program provides a challenging learning environment designed to stimulate curiosity and support moral, physical, and intellectual development.
This warm and exciting educational environment features a hands-on, experiential approach to learning. This enables the student to move from simple to complex tasks, and from concrete to abstract ideas, whether in math, science, language or any other area. The elementary students continue their Spanish and music studies along with physical education.
The student leaves the Montessori elementary program with the self-concept of a capable learner and contributor, and an optimistic vision of his or her own future.
The middle school program continues offering the student self-paced studies in language, math, and science, while incorporating group studies such as literature and history. Students work on their lesson plans throughout the morning and then have a group lunch followed by a free period.
Their afternoon time is spent in group studies which include fine arts, physical education, music, Spanish, and community service. At the end of the day, the students work together committee style to care for the classroom, plan field trips, and organize social outings.
After school (3:00 - 4:30pm), various seasonal sports are offered. These may include bowling, disc golf, and archery.
Utilizing the guiding principles of mutual dignity and loving accountability, our staff and teachers adhere to the following Core Values in each classroom:
1. We believe that every attempt should be made to maintain the dignity of both the adult and the student.
2. We believe that students should be guided and expected to solve the problems they create without making problems for anyone else.
3. We believe that students should have the opportunity to tell their side of the story.
4. We believe that misbehavior should be viewed as an opportunity for individual problem solving and preparation for the real world.
5. We believe that there should be a logical connection between misbehavior and the resulting consequences, whether they be positive, negative, natural or given.
The school day officially ends at 3:00pm, but students who stay for extended hours are cared for by school-day and after-school staff until 5:45pm.
The preschool children play outside from 2:30pm until they are picked up, allowing them plenty of free play time. They are offered a snack during this time. There are also organized games for those who want to join in. If the weather is extreme, the children play inside the classrooms with special "rainy day" activities.
Kindergarten and elementary students also go outside at 2:30pm for recess with their friends. Students who stay past 4:00pm can attend Study Hall from 4:00 to 4:45pm.
Our Studio Program offers a variety of after-school activities. Students have many options from which to choose, including swimming lessons, drawing, crafts, computer, chess, sewing, etc. All programs are designed to help busy parents.
The aim of our Parent Education Program is to provide TMS parents with an opportunity to gain practical insights for raising creative, caring and confident children. We seek to provide resources and interaction through classes, forums, orientations, and speaker sessions.
Our expectation is that parents will be actively involved in their child’s educational, emotional, and social growth by attendance at three (3) one hour events each academic school year.