Montessori Integrated School: An Overview
PRE-SCHOOL AND KINDER
Our Pre-School and Kinder students are taught under one roof, which we call The Children’s House. Based on the Montessori principle of the “absorbent mind,” the teachers assist the interaction between child and environment through carefully chosen and personalized activities. This interaction includes socializing with other 2.5 to six-year old children in The Children’s House, learning concepts like ORDER, COORDINATED MOVEMENT, LANGUAGE, MATH, and INDEPENDENT FUNCTIONING & SKILLS.
Even as they are in one classroom, the Pre-School and Kinder students have separate programs: The Preschool program emphasizes language, socialization and number skills; while the Kinder program prepares the child for broader academic activities with emphasis on language and mathematics.
The Montessori philosophy in elementary education emphasizes independent schoolwork to instill self-reliance and responsible freedom in the child. Classes are conducted in mixed-age groupings of six- to nine-year olds, and nine- to 12-year olds, although lessons are presented in small groups and cover a broad scope.
Elementary-age children tend to ask HOW and WHY. At Montessori, we use constructive imagination to enrich real-life experiences. Both academic and non-academic activities encourage the child to explore the environment outside of the classroom, a method that is central to a Montessori elementary education.
The High School Program continues to instill the sense of responsible freedom that the young adults learned during their elementary years. At the same time, it prepares them to become responsible, self-reliant, mature, adaptable and global citizens.
Young adults need to find out things for themselves and have direct experiences in order to maximize self-awareness as future members of society. To respond to this, the academic program is more enhanced and the young adult’s need for creative self-expression and societal acceptance is fulfilled through interest-based clubs and a work study program.
WORK STUDY PROGRAM
It is the basic tenet of Montessori philosophy that high school students be prepared for their future roles as contributing members of society. Thus, in their sophomore and junior years, students are required to render work study hours.
Sophomores lend assistance to different offices inside the campus while students in their third year are required to work in an establishment aligned with their chosen Senior High School track and career.
Through the Work Study Program, students learn independence and improve their communication and interpersonal skills through their interactions in the work place. They also learn what careers are most suitable for them.
The Special Education Program (SPED) concentrates on three to ten-year old children with special educational needs. Here, we develop the child’s functional and academic skills necessary to live a full life. Our aim is to integrate pupils with special needs into the regular school system, and eventually into the community. We offer a special class in the pre-school level, and mainstreaming in the pre-school, elementary and high school levels. We offer special support for Elementary and High School students with special educational needs.