The Montessori Country Day School is a private, academic school.  We are non-profit and non-sectarian. Our programs are open to all children regardless of race, creed or color. Our program is guided by the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori – it is child centered, non-competitive and non-judgmental. We believe in “hands-on” education in a stress-free environment. The basic goal of the Montessori method is “normalization” of the child so that s/he becomes well-balanced, spontaneous and able to utilize his/her capabilities to the fullest.

Some of the characteristics of the “normalized” child are the following:

  • Ability to concentrate well
  • Sense of personal dignity
  • Independence
  • Self-motivation
  • Love of order
  • Enjoyment of repetition
  • Ability to work alone
  • Self-discipline
  • Desire for freedom of choice and movement
  • Pleasure and fulfillment in work for its own sake
  • Desire to work without need for rewards or punishment
  • Obedience
  • Love of learning

Some of the key elements that guide our school’s curriculum and teaching methods are:

  • Respect for the child
  • Respect for others
  • The joy of learning is emphasized
  • Practical life experiences are emphasized
  • Children have freedom, coupled with observation and guidance
  • Children do it themselves.  The teachers are there to assist and help when necessary
  • Children are encouraged to work on a problem on their own and figure things out at their own pace.
  • Self-control is important for students to learn.