The primary goal of a Princeton Montessori education is to realize each child’s potential. At the elementary level, students from first through fifth grades learn to work productively in groups, develop intrinsic motivation, and master the basics of reading, writing, math, and science. The academic program is at challenging for even the most able students while being sensitive to individual learning styles. Music, art, and movement as well as foreign languages are integral parts of the curriculum. Most importantly, elementary students learn how to learn while absorbing the school’s core values of respect, responsibility, and resiliency.
The Middle School program at Princeton Montessori is designed to help sixth- through eighth-grade students develop crucial academic, social, and emotional skills. Students gain a better understanding of themselves as individuals and members of a community through meaningful intellectual work, guided self-advocacy, service to others, and collaborative and independent learning directed by dynamic and compassionate teachers. Students graduate from Princeton Montessori having achieved greater self-reliance, self-efficacy, and self-awareness.
Princeton Montessori School follows the tenets of Dr. Maria Montessori, founder of the educational philosophy and practice that bears her name. Montessori education has proven remarkably effective—even more so than traditional schooling. Recent research published in the journal Science has shown that 5-year-old Montessori students are better prepared in the basics of reading, writing, and math than their peers in other schools; they also outperform others on more complex tasks that measure higher reasoning and critical thinking. Authors Angeline Lillard and Nicole Else-Quest, both professors of educational psychology, note that 12-year-old Montessori students write “significantly more creative” essays with “more sophisticated sentence structures.”
Graduates of Princeton Montessori have gone on to selective high schools, prestigious colleges and universities, and successful careers in every field.
To register for the open house on December 5, call 609–924–4594 or go online to www.princetonmontessori.org.