Old Mission Montessori School prepares children from preschool through eighth grade using the teaching methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori believed that children have a natural curiosity and an eagerness to learn. She maintained that children were not merely empty receptacles, waiting passively to be filled.
In a Montessori school, teachers actively engage the children in lessons, using a multi-sensory approach to discover the world around them. Children are taught to be critical thinkers and to use their senses to gather and analyze information from carefully prepared lessons. They are encouraged to ask questions, and during problem solving, finding a solution by applying critical thinking skills. We encourage and value a child's creativity by allowing them to express themselves through guided experiences in art, music and movement.
Montessori students learn personal responsibility from a very early age. For very young students, this means learning how to use classroom materials with respect, how to carefully put away materials which they have used, and how to politely and appropriately express their needs to peers and teachers.
For elementary age students, personal responsibility means learning to prioritize which assignments to work on first, ask questions, seek assistance when necessary, use a planner, and use their time wisely.
For the older students, personal responsibility means standing strong in their faith and values when the world gives them conflicting messages. They must learn to balance school and social time, set priorities, and continuously work towards their goals.
A Montessori education provides a strong academic and moral foundation for life. Our students graduate from Old Mission Montessori School with self-confidence, a love of learning, a solid moral compass, and the academic knowledge necessary to make them successful, no matter which high school or university they choose to attend in their future.