calligraphy A Montessori school is a learning center based on the “whole-child” educational approach of Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female physician to graduate from the University of Rome.

A Montessori program aims to help each child reach full potential in all areas of life. School activities promote development of social skills, emotional growth, independence, decision-making and physical coordination as well as academic preparation. Each classroom functions on the principle of freedom within limits: once introduced to specific materials, the children are free to choose their own work and to work individually or in small groups. Values embodied in the “ground rules” of each classroom include respect for oneself, for others, and for the environment.

Starting in preschool, teachers help students learn peaceful resolution of minor conflicts and encourage positive attitudes toward self and others.

Each Montessori classroom is a carefully prepared environment designed for the developmental stages of its students. The specially trained guide maintains an atmosphere supportive of exploration and discovery. The beautifully designed Montessori materials are an important part of the learning experience, inviting children to engage and interact. In a Montessori classroom, the children develop a genuine love of learning by discovering concentration, motivation, and self-discipline.

For more information on Montessori education, please visit:

The Montessori Foundation, Montessori FAQ, Association Montessori Internationale and The American Montessori Society.