the Advantage of a private Montessori school
individualized education, independent learners
There is no shortage of educational philosophies and methods, with new ideas being developed all the time. The Montessori Method is a well-researched and scientifically-backed learning framework, that creates motivated, independent thinkers.
The Montessori Method utilizes a number of timeless educational principles, and provides the framework to put them into practice. Materials and activities are carefully developed and selected to complement the developmental stage of the child, and children are allowed to develop at the pace that allows them to achieve mastery and confidence. Montessori education is a time-tested framework that has helped countless young learners develop into successful and well-adjusted adults. (The Montessori Advantage provides a more detailed overview of the benefits of a Montessori education.)
What the research says about montessori...
A wealth of research has been accumulated around the Montessori method. Recently, there have been a number of well-designed studies aimed at determining the efficacy of Montessori education, as defined by a variety of criteria. Longitudinal studies have shown quite compellingly that students in Montessori programs outperform their peers in measures of both verbal and mathematic knowledge. Not only are these measures elevated, but they are also equalized across subgroups that see disparities in other populations. Academic achievement in these studies was not predicated on factors such as socio-economic status in the Montessori classrooms, a contrast to traditional classrooms–that is to say, all students in the Montessori classrooms enjoyed the same benefits.
There is also mounting evidence that children who participate in Montessori programs handle conflict resolution better than their peers, and outperform their peers on executive functioning tasks. The research also indicates that students perform the most strongly in Montessori programs that adhere to the principles of Montessori education the most firmly.
It is particularly interesting to note that these studies focus on a variety of age groups, spanning from early childhood (two years old) through middle school. Many studies focused on particular age groups, following students through a three-year cycle in the Montessori classroom, and other studies followed up with students for over a decade. These studies all seem to point to one idea; the principles of a Montessori education are beneficial to a learner, all through life.
MONTESSORI in practice
At Kingsley, we focus on the Montessori principle of knowing every child and their unique learning styles. Maria Montessori espoused the importance of knowing each child as an individual, and adapting their education based on your observations of the child. Our well-trained faculty and staff have the ability to dedicate time to each learner, helping them to plan their own work from the early childhood level on, and guiding them through progressively complex challenges.
Montessori classrooms are outfitted with specific materials that develop along with the student. Montessori students benefit from being able to develop comfort with materials and tasks, as their routines become increasingly nuanced and elaborate. Having access to a variety of learning materials, and the freedom to select work that they deem appropriate, builds a sense of independence and motivation in the child.
Students progress through a number of three-year cycles, where students are grouped with other children close to their age. Kingsley offers Early Childhood programs from age two to five, Lower Elementary for students in grades one through three, and Upper Elementary for grades four through six. These three-year cycles give students the ability to learn from their peers, and to take on leadership roles throughout their school career. The freedom to progress through more and more complex work leaves the older children free to develop to their potential, and provides a model for the younger children to strive towards.
Montessori students learn by doing. At all levels, students engage in meaningful work that motivates them intrinsically. Students work both independently and in groups to accomplish integrated projects that they can be proud of.
Kingsley MONTESSORI Students Benefit From:
- A fully-accredited Montessori institution, with well-trained Montessori educators in each classroom
- High-quality Montessori materials in every classroom
- Great student-teacher ratios (10:1 in elementary; 5:1 in toddler)
- Co-curricular offerings in a variety of subjects (arts, STEM, language, and more)
- The best of Boston's learning resources (steps from Boston Public Library, the Charles River Esplanade, Boston Common and Public Gardens; steeped in the rich history of Back Bay)