“Free the child’s potential, and transform him into the world.”
~ Maria Montessori
Italian physician Maria Montessori began developing the methods that would form the foundation of Montessori education in 1897. She organized her first class in 1907, implementing what she called “scientific pedagogy.” This scientific approach to the profession of teaching marked a radical departure from previous models, which imagined students as empty vessels to be “filled” by teachers.
The Montessori philosophy reached the U.S. by 1911 but has only truly been a mainstream phenomenon since about 1960. Dr. Montessori’s son expanded upon her work by refining many of her theories, including the notion of “human tendencies.” Contemporary Montessori schools focus on learning via encouraging these natural tendencies, among them abstraction, communication, exploration, orientation, repetition and “work” – i.e., purposeful and goal-oriented activity.
Today, there are more than 8,000 Montessori schools in the U.S., and that number is growing. Our school is part of a vibrant community of like-minded parents and educators who want the very best for all students.