Values & Diversity
MMS is a nurturing and supportive school. Every child is respected as an individual and valued as part of the community. Children are encouraged to be independent, self-motivated, and responsible as they discover who they are and who they want to become. At the same time, children are encouraged to be aware of the needs of others.
From the very beginning, MMS children observe and reflect the Montessori philosophy of grace, courtesy, respect, and openness to others. As the children move through Lower and Upper Elementary, they are encouraged to think about their role within their community and their environment, developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that benefit the larger world outside the classroom, and that reflect compassion, empathy, and a commitment to peace and justice.
Drawing students from many countries and cultures, the school encourages families to share their histories and traditions. For example, teachers and parents have given presentations on Diwali, Lunar New Year, the Japanese tea ceremony, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the wedding customs of Ghana.
The school’s mission regarding diversity grows out of these fundamental values. The school’s diversity statement reads:
MMS is committed to welcoming, recruiting, sustaining, and supporting students and their families, faculty, and administrative staff from a diverse mix of racial, socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, family style, sexual orientation, learning style, physical differences, and religious backgrounds, in order to create an inclusive community and to prepare our children to be leaders in a multicultural world.