What is a Montessori School?

A Comparison of Montessori and Other Schools

Montessori:
1. Individualized program allows each child to work independent of the class.
2. Multiage class in a natural social environment that includes a wide range of ages
and fosters self-motivation. Students work for their own sense of accomplishment.
3. Freedom of choice involves decision making. Students select work and move at
their optimal pace.
4. Active individualized learning through stimulating, multi-sensory teaching materials.
5. Balances academic work with freedom of movement.
6. Interrelation between subjects
7. Independence is fostered by activities that encourage independence.
8. Self-evaluation occurs as students learn to evaluate their work objectively through
the use of self-correcting teaching materials and individual work with the teacher.
9. Class-student-teacher interaction enables complete and precise evaluation of
student’s progress academically and socially.
10. Reality oriented education maintains concrete first-hand experience as the basis
for abstraction.

Other:
1. Group learning involves subject being taught to the entire group. Students are
affected by the progress of the class.
2. Chronological grouping necessitates external rewards such as grades,
competition and social conformity.
3. Class curriculum demands that students cover the same work at the same time
with no regard for individual ability.
4. Passive class learning through teacher-centered class lessons, paper work.
5. Periods of intense effort are alternated with periods of physical activity.
6. Subjects are not interrelated.
7. Dependence is promoted since all activities are initiated by the teacher.
8. Class comparison occurs as work is evaluated and graded by the teacher. Students
evaluate themselves against the best and worst in class.
9. Class oriented teaching prevents close interaction between individual students and
teacher. Standardized tests necessary to determine student’s progress.
10. Abstract education has students learn through mechanical memorization.

WHAT MAKES WHS SPECIAL
FEATURES
Motivating, individualized curriculum Normalization: individualizing over process High standards and expectations
A moral value driven school
Second home
Respect for students and teachers
Bullying prevention
Wholesome character matters
Optimal student pace
End “playing games,” short cutting Montessori tradition to college prep
Dual enrollment with P-­‐HCC
Grade integrity, root out failure, laziness Daily recess where everyone improves Critical thinking through discussion
Peer teaching
Applaud student achievement
Individual SPTA meetings
All work corrected
Meaningful consequences
EVENTS
Friday Night Live on stage performance Spanish language throughout
Chinese instruction
Suzuki violin
Weekly newsletter, Facebook, website Educational Tield trips
Guest speakers
Academic fairs
Weekly compositions
Geography Bee
Biography Fair/ Science Fair Parents/Student work days
Chinese New Year restaurant visit Nature’s Lab Trip
Wildlife Habitat School
Gardening Mothers/Fathers/Grandparents Days World Culture Day