Where are you located?
Our elementary studio is a work in progress, and we are currently utilizing space in partner locations for our elementary offerings. With the guidance of our parent community, we expect to have a more permanent home in Summer 2016.
Your school doesn’t look like school. Why not?
We don’t believe the Industrial Model of schooling is appropriate for the education of children in the 21st century and beyond (a large and growing number of scientists, teachers, technologists and others agree). According to Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”
Are you a homeschool cooperative? A charter or private school?
We are a micro-school within a 21st century learning center. We offer a more personalized learning experience than most private schools with significantly lower tuition. Currently, we are not associated with any charter organization, but should one promote equitable, meaningful learning over profiteering, we might consider an affiliation.
How are you different from other Montessori schools?
Most Montessori schools operate from a single perspective. They follow the Montessori establishment and one another. We believe an integrative approach to learning is the one most appropriate for a dynamic world and the children in it. Guided by decades of experience within a variety of educational settings and supported by a wide network of specialists, we are happy to pave our own way.
What about tests and grades?
Rather than testing, we use careful, methodical observation as means of assessment. Unlike standardized testing, this method is rooted in science. We utilize technology in a meaningful way to track student interests, goals and progress, and to facilitate progress reporting and parent communication.
How will my child make friends in a class so small?
Our classes are intentionally small so that children may develop meaningful relationships within an invested learning community. Additionally, our small size enables us to maintain flexibility, creativity and authentic autonomy, creating an unparalleled return on investment for the families we serve.
Are you accredited by the state?
At present, we are exploring accreditation options through private organizations. State accreditation is a process which requires the use of standardized tests and other reporting that places key decision-making into the hands of those not wholly invested in the learning process. Our work supports parents as experts of their children, and children as experts of their learning journeys. A visit to one of our studios should remove any doubt that we hold ourselves to the highest standard, and we expect our community to do the same. We are continuously guided by current and evolving research and our commitment to bettering the world while preserving the spirit of the child.
Doesn’t my child need several hours of schooling five days a week?
Focusing on quality over quantity, we accomplish in three hours what most schools accomplish in six. When invited to examine a typical school day in a typical school, you might discover children spend only 20 to 30 percent of the day engaged in meaningful learning. Classroom management and test preparation consume a great deal of time in many public and private schools.
What kind of parent participation do you expect?
We view your child’s education as a collaborative effort; thus, parent participation is encouraged and expected. We ask parents to bring snack on a rotating basis and occasionally assist with other duties such as planning field trips. Additionally, we hope parents will join us for classroom celebrations and parent education events. Research suggests that children are increasingly oriented to peers over parents, a modern phenomenon resulting in numerous social-emotional issues. It is our mission to be a model for learning which supports parental empowerment and encourages the strengthening of the family system, where all learning begins.
Can you help me set up a learning environment for my child at home?
We welcome the opportunity to help you incorporate multi-sensory, child-led learning into your home.
How much is tuition?
Please contact us for current information regarding tuition and fees, as well as the cost for in-home consultations, supplementary sessions and parent training.
Do you follow the public school calendar?
We begin our regular school year shortly after Labor Day and end classes just before Memorial Day. Typically, all public school holidays are observed.
Do you offer a summer program?
Currently, we utilize our network of enrichment partners for summer programming.