A message from Head of School Brenda Mizel and Associate Head of School Robert J. Reveri:
As Metropolitan Montessori School begins its 2011-2012 Annual Fund campaign, we’d like to explain how your gift makes a difference in your child’s education and this exceptional institution. It is your generous support that helps MMS build a foundation on which it can refine and expand its programs. Proceeds from this effort are invested in the reserve fund, which helps MMS sustain competitive faculty salaries, minimize tuition increases, and maintain financial aid.
What makes MMS a great school? You can sum it up in three ways:
Curriculum: It’s a rare early-childhood Montessori program that offers the kind of specialized classes that our Primary children receive: art, music, strings, French, Spanish, and nature education at Black Rock Forest. The combination of Montessori fundamentals with enrichment classes in the arts and nature provides the children with an appreciation for the world in which they live and a strong foundation for their future learning. In Elementary, our program becomes broader and deeper with an emphasis on problem-solving, analytical thinking, self-expression, and abstract reasoning. This year, we excited about adding to our Upper Elementary performing-arts programs. In addition to their work in voice and music theory, and their participation in the Upper Elementary play, the students will have more class time to explore choreography through different styles of dance; learn more about acting through improvisation, scene studies, and theater games; and do full choral and small ensemble singing.
Teachers: Our 7:1 student-teacher ratio is outstanding by even the standards of independent schools. Additionally, every staff member is committed to nurturing the children and modeling the school’s expectations for thoughtfulness in our work and our relations to others. More than half of our faculty and staff hold advanced degrees, and nearly 40 percent of them have lived in another country! The students work closely with their teachers, learning how to question, solve problems, and express themselves in a variety of ways. They grow socially and emotionally into responsible and respectful young people. They learn how to love learning, a trait that stays with them long after MMS.
Community: Two characteristics stand out. First, we are a diverse community, and we learn from each other’s varied life experiences every day. And second, we are passionate about the children’s education. People give above and beyond at this school, and their dedication is reflected in every corner: the teachers, the parents, the Board of Trustees, the volunteers, and the ongoing support of former families who remember with gratitude their years at MMS.
As we look to the future, we recognize the values and the vision of the past, and so many people who worked to bring MMS to where it is today. The enduring values of MMS — its compassion, its integrity, its commitment to nurturing the needs of every child — remain strong. Your support of the Annual Fund sends a message that you appreciate the work of this community, honor the commitment of those families who brought the school to this time, and want to be part of the institution’s future. In the words of this year’s theme, we are “Growing Together.”