Traditional vs. Montessori Approach
The Montessori approach varies significantly from traditional teaching methods, particularly at the elementary level. Montessori students cultivate high levels of independence, self-motivation, focus, and concentration—attributes that might be challenging to develop in later years. While many children transition smoothly, others may face difficulties due to these differences.
The Montessori Kindergarten curriculum was developed based on comprehensive studies of children and how they learn best. Based on the planes of development, the classrooms and curriculums run on a three-year cycle (age 0-3, age 3-6, age 6-9, etc.). Your child will gain the most from the program if he/she remains in the Montessori classroom for the full three-year cycle. If you wish to switch your child into Montessori at the Kindergarten level, they should remain in Montessori for lower elementary.
Kindergarten applications will only be accepted when families are open to keeping their child in our school for lower elementary.
Elementary Admissions Process
To ensure a successful transition for your child and the entire class, we conduct an in-depth interview process for elementary admissions. This process includes an interview of the student by the director/teacher and a week-long immersion in our elementary school.
During this trial week, your child will engage fully in our school day, work with teachers across various subjects, complete independent follow-up tasks, learn to navigate the classroom, and interact with peers.
Once the trial week is completed, our teachers and administrators will confer to discuss your child's experience, address any issues, and evaluate potential eligibility. We will contact you within two weeks via email with a response to your application.
Please contact us if you are interested in applying for the Kindergarten or Elementary program.