About Sands Montessori School
Sands Montessori School's mission is to provide a culturally integrated quality education for each child using Maria Montessori's method and her philosophy of "Education for Life." We are committed to the development of the whole child fulfilling his/her intellectual, social, spiritual and physical needs. The success of our mission will be strengthened by the establishment of a partnership among child, school community and family. It is our ultimate goal to prepare each child to become a citizen of the world.
What is Montessori?
Montessori education is an educational approach developed by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952). It is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological development. Both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association Montessori International (AMI) cite five essential elements of a Montessori classroom:
- Mixed age classrooms, with classes for students aged 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12
- Student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options
- Uninterrupted blocks of work time
- A "discovery" model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction
- Specialized educational materials developed by Montessori and her collaborators
Within these elements, the Montessori method respects the unique individuality of each child. Dr. Montessori believed in the value and importance of each child. It is founded on the belief that children should be free to succeed and learn without restriction or criticism.
It is also an approach that to education that takes to heart the needs, talents, and gifts of each child. It is a process that helps children learn in their own way and their own pace. Montessori promotes a joy of learning, a child's natural curiosity, a sense of independence, and leadership skills.
What Does a Montessori Classroom Look Like?
Montessori classrooms are full of peaceful environments. Each environment is designed, set-up, and created specifically for the students using that environment. A classroom has low shelves, child-sized furniture, sinks, and work spaces. Children may be moving throughout the classroom space, sitting alone at a table, working in groups on rugs on the floor, or eating a prepared snack at a table for two. Teachers/instructors can be found working on the floor with children or moving throughout the room to assist students.
In a Montessori environment, practices are developmentally appropriate and encourage children to explore, manipulate, and learn as an individual. The underlying philosophy includes the following principles:
- Children are to be respected as individuals who differ from one another and therefore need an individualized approach to education.
- Children have sensitive periods for all areas of learning. Manipulation, exploration, and movement are absolutely necessary in this process.
The "Prepared Environment" guarantees exposure to materials and experiences which aid in the development of intelligence, physical, social, and emotional needs, and language abilities.
Learn more about the Montessori method from the American Montessori Society.
After School Care
Sands Montessori offers after school care for parents.
Community Learning Centers
For our schools to transform, our communities must be revitalized. For our communities to revitalize, our schools must be transformed. They are dependent on each other and Community Learning Centers are the link.
What is a Community Learning Center (CLC)?
Schools and the communities they serve are closely linked. Seldom does one succeed without the success of the other. That's why our CLCs support student achievement, enrich and revitalize communities, and maximize the community's return on their financial investment.
We are very proud to be a CLC and a neighborhood anchor. We strive to go beyond academics to focus on the whole child by serving as a hub for community services that are available to all students, their families and the entire community. We are able to offer a variety services thanks to the collaboration and support of our many partners and the committed community of Mount Washington.
To learn more about the services available at our school or how your company or organization can become a CLC partner or volunteer, please contact us.
Local School Decision-Making Committee (LSDMC)
LSDMC is a group of parents, teachers and community representatives. The group functions in an advisory role to the principal, to determine program, policy and budget issues for the school.
School Visits and Tours
We welcome visits from parents and guardians as well as prospective families who would like a tour. To protect student safety, all visitors must register in the office before going to the classroom. Parents/guardians who would like a conference with their child's teacher must schedule an appointment with the teacher.
Tours are also available on request. To schedule a tour, stop by our main office or call us at (513) 363-5000.