Our School Values:
We are committed to the Montessori philosophy. Our curriculum is based on the Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first woman to earn her medical degree in Italy in 1896. She quickly became involved in education, developing a research-based method grounded in child development and science. She understood that all children are born with unique strengths and challenges and that they learn best when their education is individualized. Montessori recognized that children have sensitive periods in their development when they are particularly receptive to learning certain concepts. Her guiding principle was “follow the child.”
We believe in educating the whole child. At Montessori School of Evergreen, our teachers educate the whole child by addressing his intellectual, artistic, athletic, and psychosocial needs. While providing each child with an academically challenging environment is an essential component of our program, we believe that a child’s emotional, social, creative, and physical development is equally important to establishing a strong foundation.
We believe education should not be one-size-fits-all. Maria Montessori believed that all children have an intrinsic desire to learn and that the job of educators is to foster this desire, instead of discouraging it by making them all do the same thing at the same time. In this way, the Montessori teacher individualizes each student’s education by providing varied and developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to meet his specific needs. We honor different learning styles and view all of our students as unique individuals. One student may be ready to read at three years old while another may not reach that developmental milestone until he is five. We believe that both have the potential to be strong and confident readers. Our job is to provide a rich learning environment that will fuel their progress and enable them to leap when they are ready.
We believe that education is preparation for life. Maria Montessori believed that education was much more than a search for intellectual skills. In a Montessori classroom, the child has choices about the order in which he completes certain tasks. This freedom encourages the development of time-management skills, motivation, and self-reliance. It also allows the student to spend extra time grappling with a challenging concept or repeating work to solidify learning. We empower our students to take responsibility for their learning and give them opportunities to pursue their passions.
We believe in teaching students how to learn rather than what to learn. In today’s information-saturated world, the ability to memorize and regurgitate facts is rapidly losing its value. We believe that we are preparing students for professions that may not currently exist. Thus, we believe in teaching students how to break apart a problem, analyze it from all sides, think critically, and collaborate with others to build consensus and communicate a solution. We believe that creativity, character, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and cosmopolitanism are much more important to a student’s success in life than the results of any test.
We believe there is no greater strength than strength of character. We believe that part of our role as educators is to provide students with the tools they need to develop strong character and to be true to who they are as individuals. We are proud of our C.A.R.E. Character Program. C.A.R.E. stands for Compassion, Attitude, Respect, and Excellence. This program reflects our commitment to an inclusive and respectful community that is true to the Montessori philosophy.
We value a safe and respectful learning environment. In order to develop his potential, the student must have meaningful activities to pursue and be involved in a community based on respect for oneself and others. At Montessori School of Evergreen, each child is expected to uphold the Montessori code of respect, dignity, and kindness toward self, one another, and the learning environment. When children fail to meet these expectations – an expected and valuable part of the learning process – we use an approach informed by Love and Logic to help students experience the natural consequences of their behavior and to encourage self-reflection and the development of self-control.
We believe that powerful learning happens outside of the classroom. Our students have numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, as they participate in more than 80 experiential trips off campus from preschool to middle school. Getting outside of the classroom provides students with the opportunity to discover real world applications of the concepts they are learning at school. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the importance of children being in nature, and we use our natural mountain setting to its full advantage.
We believe in failure. Research demonstrates that it is through failure and perseverance that children develop true confidence. We believe failure represents opportunity for growth. One of our most important roles as adults is to step back and allow children to make mistakes and experience failure in a safe and supportive environment. Whether it is a poor grade, a missed deadline, or a forgotten lunch, children who are allowed to fail learn from their mistakes and develop resilience and confidence in their ability to deal with adversity.
We are committed to helping others. Montessori classrooms are mixed-age, providing ideal opportunities for older students to solidify their learning, grow their leadership skills, and develop empathy by helping their younger classmates. In addition, we believe that helping the disadvantaged builds confidence and gratitude. Whether serving meals at a homeless shelter, picking up trash along the highway, visiting a nursing home, doing yard work for local seniors, or working at a food pantry, our students have multiple opportunities to experience the joy of giving.
We believe in community. It takes a village to raise and educate a child. At Montessori School of Evergreen, we are a strong community of teachers, parents, grandparents, alumni, and community members coming together to provide our students with safe and nurturing environments in which to grow and thrive. We value a close partnership with our parents and depend on parent support to deliver our mission. Whether you support the school by volunteering in our classrooms, chaperoning on field trips and overnight trips, serving on a committee, or supporting our fundraising efforts through donations, your support and commitment are essential.