Each teacher and each student work to maintain the ordered classroom environment. The sequenced hands-on Montessori materials invite students to touch and learn. The materials are interesting and enticing creating intrinsic interest and motivation in the students to explore the concepts presented.
The advantages of the multi-age classroom are seen in the consistency of the community. Each year two of the three levels of students remain in the classroom and welcome new students into the existing community. Older students mentor and encourage younger students and have opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Each Montessori Academy classroom is equipped with the finest Montessori materials appropriate to the age level of the classroom. Student/Teacher ratios meet or exceed standards set by two accrediting organizations and each classroom meets or exceeds requirements for the appropriate number of Montessori certified teachers. The highly qualified Montessori Academy teachers are Montessori certified and approximately 50% have graduate degrees. Each classroom reflects these high standards.
The beautiful 23-acre Montessori Academy Campus is a natural habitat for various species of birds and other animals, including deer, wild turkeys, squirrels, and rabbits. Bluebirds, Blue jays, and Cardinals can be seen on a regular basis and bluebird houses and bird feeders have been an important part of campus activities for many years. The beautiful natural habitat provides many opportunities for students to learn and study the natural sciences.
Playgrounds appropriate to each age group provide opportunities for children to explore the outdoor environment. Visiting the “big rock,” gardening, and organized exploration are activities the children love.
Classroom space includes approximately 50,000 square feet under roof consisting of:
Primary with five classrooms
Lower Elementary with three classrooms
Activities building with four toddler classrooms, one infant classroom, an after care room, offices, and a gymnasium
Fine arts building with a fixed seat auditorium, art room, music room, and band room.
Administration building with administrative offices, classrooms, and science labs for the Upper Elementary and Middle School.
Each student benefits from the co-teacher model. Co-teachers work together with students to form a community in which everybody shares responsibility, is respectful, is accountable, is kind, and is caring. The co-teacher model permits teachers to take charge of different core areas, provides an available teacher when the other teacher is making material presentations, allows for more consistency in the classroom, and encourages collegial sharing of experience.