Montessori Day Schools is committed to the development of the whole child by implementing curriculum and methodology based on the Montessori philosophy of education and human development, and by partnering with parents – children’s first teachers – in this endeavor.
Four Principal Goals
- To foster a life-long love of learning through teaching, across the curriculum, which demonstrates the interconnection of all life; and to foster the individual’s understanding of his/her role within the whole, through the development of individual potential.
- To structure hands-on learning environments which, while “making the match” w/students’ needs and interests, foster student-initiated inquiry/research and projects which develop understanding and appreciation of the world beyond the classroom.
- To support each student – through individualized instruction based on observation and understanding of learning styles and abilities – to become an independent, responsible, self-disciplined and self-motivated learner who works to potential and loves it!
- To engage families in the education of their children through – but not limited to – dialog, education in child development and Montessori/School practice, ongoing communication, community events, joint planning to address evolving needs and circumstances.
For further information, refer to the Arizona Department of Education’s website: School Report Cards.
SCHOOL – PARENT – STUDENT COMPACT
In the interests of fulfilling our mission and actuating the amazing potential of each child, the following School-Parent-Student compact has been developed. Teaming together, we will support our students to become the best that they can be.
- To provide a safe, nurturing, drug-free learning environment, with classroom communities well-furnished with Montessori materials
- To provide a teaching staff educated in Montessori philosophy and methodology, appropriate to the age level they are teaching, with the commitment and ability to implement its core principles and to model peaceful, proactive behavior
- To partner with parents, understanding they are their child’s first and most important teachers. To do this as effectively as possible, school staff will
- Appreciate the uniqueness of each child and family
- Respect the cultural and personal differences of all community members
- Facilitate ongoing communication with the home
- Solicit solutions with parents and students to the greatest extent possible
- Solicit needed and appropriate parent involvement in school and classroom activities
- Provide continuing parent and staff development opportunities
- To strive always for more effective implementation of Montessori philosophy, incorporating peer problem solving, peace and character education, and strong academic goals
- To attend school regularly and be on time
- To come to school prepared with homework and necessary personal supplies
- To come to school well-rested, having eaten a nutritious breakfast, and ready to focus on learning
- To accept responsibility for my own actions
- To respect cultural and personal differences of others
- To respect and care for myself, other living things, the environment, the earth
- To resolve problems in peaceful ways
- To be independent, helpful and self-disciplined in my learning and behavior
- To assure my child attends school regularly, and arrives at school calm and ready to learn by
- having had an adequate night’s sleep and eaten a nourishing breakfast
- having had no morning TV or other screen time (e.g., computer)
- arriving with their own nutritious lunch and snack (as appropriate)
- bringing all required and completed homework
- wearing appropriate clothing, according to MDS’ Dress Code/Uniform Policy
- being ready to enter the classroom by 8:30
- having necessary personal supplies
- To follow the policies set forth in the Parent Handbook and to support staff recommendations
- To learn about my child’s education by attending parent education events, parent-teacher conferences and community functions;
and by reading about Montessori education and asking questions
- To support my child’s learning by communicating regularly with school staff, by spending quality time daily with my child, by supporting my child to complete all homework assignments
- To work pro-actively with the staff, and/or with my child, when there are problems; to question rather than criticize; to refrain from gossip; to model respect for all; to help my child resolve conflicts in a peaceful way
- To volunteer in an area of school need, aiming for a minimum of 4 hours/month, or to provide other support to the school