We live by these five key principles--they define our distinct approach, guide our strategic decisions, and inform our daily practice.
1. Authentic Montessori Education
We provide a peaceful, mixed-age, child-directed environment. We recognize the potential of each unique individual (young or old) to change the world. We believe that all children can learn. Rooted in Montessori philosophy, our programs provide settings that recognize children’s varied abilities, interests, needs, and learning styles. By prioritizing the development of each child in our care, we value the balance of Montessori’s scientific approach to early childhood development and its assertion that these few years offer a unique period of growth to be celebrated and protected. Read more . . .
2. Focus on Nature
We connect children and nature through classroom design, seasonal curriculum, learning materials, and time spent outdoors. The design of our school's interior allows children to care for their living environment and surrounds them with abundant plant and animal life. We are committed to equipping our spaces with sustainable, nontoxic and earth-friendly furnishings. We uphold nutritional standards that are earth-conscious and protect a natural, healthful diet for the children we serve. Our focus on nature permeates all that we do and weaves a powerful bond between our students and the natural world. Read more . . .
3. Role of Play
We respect the inherent value of children's play and encourage children to learn through meaningful play. Our educational-based, child-centered program reflects the integration of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, language, self-help and aesthetic areas for the development of the whole child. Meaningful play encourages curiosity, discovery and problem solving which allows individual growth and development of a positive self-image. Read more . . .
4. Parents as Partners
We intentionally blur the boundaries between home and school. We recognize that parents are the child’s first teachers, so we seek out opportunities for the child's home, school, and community to offer more seamless experiences. In our co-op model, parents are involved and welcome in all aspects of their child's education. We believe that families can offer us a knowledge about their child(ren) which is vital to the professional preparation of our teachers. Therefore, we strive for parent-knowledge to inform our classroom practice and teacher-knowledge to inform the child's home life. Read more . . .
5. Community Spirit
We connect children with our neighbors by partnering with local businesses. We believe that the integration of children and families into the daily fabric of the neighborhood enriches all of our lives. We make our work transparent to the community, from opportunities for passers-by to stop and observe our classrooms to the presence of children in local eateries. By collaborating with local businesses, we hope to design a sustainable urban garden and outdoor play space for which both the school and its neighborhood partners can care. Our regular information sessions inform the community about our work. We measure our program's effectiveness by its influence on enrolled children and their families as well as by the impact we make on the city beyond our own walls. Read more . . .