MMS offers a pre-school and elementary education for the 21st century built on the core educational principles of Maria Montessori. We help to develop children academically, socially and emotionally, providing them with self-awareness about their strengths and weaknesses, a sense of responsibility for their choices and actions, a respectful approach to working with others, and an independent spirit that motivates them to pursue their own talents and passions. The students learn in mixed-age classrooms for three-year periods: ages 3 to 6, 6 to 9 and 9 to 12, graduating at the end of sixth grade. These age groupings allow for younger students to learn from older ones, and for older students to develop confidence and responsibility by helping and supporting the younger ones.
The curriculum allows for in-depth learning as well as a broad exposure to humanities, natural sciences, technology, and the arts. Students elect French or Spanish in first grade and pursue that language through their Lower and Upper School Elementary years. Violin instruction is offered as part of the program beginning in kindergarten. MMS is a member of the Black Rock Forest consortium. Beginning in kindergarten, students travel to the preserve at least once each season. Children learn independently and collaboratively. They have small-group lessons with teachers as well as one-on-one instruction. In the Upper School, seminar-style classes provide students with an opportunity to learn the critical-thinking and discussion skills needed for rigorous high school education.
“From a very young age we had a lot of unstructured time that we were expected to manage appropriately. I think this definitely helped me learn time management, responsibility and initiative. The quality of the academics also was very high. I think that MMS gave me the best start that I possibly could have gotten in education and in life.”