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Program Philosophy

The Montessori program is an option that provides an environment consistent with Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy in which children learn through spontaneous and prescribed activities based on developmental needs as they become self-directed. Millard Public Schools has preschool through grade 5 at two elementary buildings and grades 6-8 at one middle school.

Dr. Maria Montessori believed that the role of education is to create a learning laboratory where the individual is allowed to continue the developmental process, a process begun at conception. This process assists the individual to grow up with a healthy spirit, a strong character and a clear intellect, realizing the interdependence with all of life. The elements of the educational process include the following:

  • The methodology is based on movement, activity, and habits of work and order.
  • The child is guided, moving from simple to complex and concrete to abstract concepts for perceptual and conceptual proficiency.
  • The child learns through spontaneous and prescribed activities based on developmental needs and individual learning styles.
  • The child learns to become inner-directed or self-directed rather than "other- directed".
  • There is an intrinsic concern for rhythm, balance, and order, which makes the life process possible and provides continuity in nature and the universe.

Program Overview

  • Multi-age classrooms
    • Primary-ages 6 to 9 or grades 1 to 3
    • Intermediate-ages 9 to 11 or grades 4 and 5
    • 6th grade-only single grade classroom
    • Adolescents-ages 13 to 14 or grades 7 and 8
  • The classroom environment is designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and exploration by the child
  • The curriculum is interdisciplinary and interactive
  • Concepts are taught using hands-on materials that encourage discovery, independence, and critical thinking