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Montessori Academy's vision is that each student
will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.

Dr. Montessori's Planes of Development

The Absorption and Sensitivity plane of development (3-6 year olds)

She described the three to six year old child as having:

  • A need for order
  • A desire to do an activity "just right"
  • An intense concentration on repetition
  • An experience of joy as he makes contact with his world
To take advantage of this plane or period of development, each of our Primary classrooms contains distinct areas of manipulative materials, beginning with practical life. The materials are attractive, appealing and beg to be used. Montessori materials are sequentially arranged in order of difficulty. Each material (exercise) is presented carefully so that the child can both learn and experience joy in doing it "just right." The child returns the exercise to its rightful place so that other students will see it in order. Repetition is part of this plane because of the impact of the experiencing the joy of doing something "just right." In this plane both order and repetition will be important assets.

The intellectual plane of development (6-14 year olds)

The student's approach to the Montessori materials in the 6-9 and 9-14 classrooms is intellectual. Because he wants to study the process intellectually, he studies the new Montessori material. He recognizes that order is built into the exercise, that the concept follows the previous exercise, is eager to do it and to "move on" to the next exercise, thereby promoting the "love to learn" that our Montessori students gain from our environment. He is:

  • Continuing to improve his coordination
  • Becoming more independent and disciplined
  • Developing a moral sense
  • Understanding abstraction and imagination

The adolescent plane of development
(12 - 18 year olds)

Students in the adolescent plane are in a physical state of metamorphosis and are:

  • Vulnerable and self-conscious
  • Ready for commitment and to assume specific responsibility
  • Seeking to find their place in society and contributing to it
  • (Read Paula Polk Lillard's "Montessori Today" for a fascinating history and description of the Montessori approach to education from birth to adulthood.)
Our whole family feels at home on campus.