GENERAL SCHOOL LIFE
Located in Dresher, PA, The Montessori School (TMS) serves 150 students in Toddler (18 months) through sixth grade in a diverse and international community. Besides the academic curriculum, TMS offers programs in Art, Environmental Science, Library/Technology, Music, Physical Education, Spanish and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Children’s care is provided both in the early mornings and after school. Children are offered time for independent play, as well as time for teacher-directed activities.
TMS educates children using the authentic Montessori approach—a multi-sensory curriculum that allows for individualized teaching and for students to learn and be challenged at their own pace as they develop academically. As a community that fosters self-confidence, leadership, and respect for self and others, TMS encourages students to grow as self-motivated, intellectually engaged learners who will serve their larger communities as both accomplished students and ambassadors of peace.
The Montessori method of education is practiced in nearly 5,000 public and private schools in the United States and 35,000 schools worldwide.
This philosophy of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, who was born in Italy in 1870 and became one of Italy’s first female physicians. Trained as a scientist, Maria Montessori developed her method of education by observing children as they worked and learned in a carefully prepared environment. She discovered that children learn best through investigation and discovery. She observed “windows of opportunity” in children’s lives when they are able to learn certain things more easily than at any other time in their development. A Montessori education presents children with the right lessons at the right times.
Children at The Montessori School are in classes of 18 months-3 years, 3-6 years, 6-9 years and 9-12 years old. Caring communities are fostered by these mixed age groupings where children experience mentoring and being mentored by peers. Children and their families build trusting relationships with teachers (known better as “guides”) over three-year learning-cycles. Three-year groupings allow for a broad choice of academic activities and social relationships. Our meticulously prepared classrooms contain an array of Montessori materials for children in their learning process.
The Montessori School is true to the joyful practice of the Montessori method. Children explore and learn. Led by classroom guides, they choose activities which allow them to develop concentration, self-discipline, independence, and the expectation of success and satisfaction in their work.