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What is the Montessori Method?

Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach from birth to adulthood which is focused on hands-on, experiential learning. This philosophy encourages exposure to diverse cultures and an acquisition of respect for that diversity.


The Montessori learning environment contains specially designed, manipulative "materials for development" that invite children to engage in learning activities of their own individual choice.  Under the guidance of a trained teacher, children in a Montessori classroom learn by making discoveries with the materials, cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and love of learning.


Montessori education was founded in 1907 by Dr. Maria Montessori, the first woman in Italy to become a physician.  She based her educational methods on scientific observation of children's learning processes. Guided by her discovery that children teach themselves, Dr. Montessori designed a "prepared environment" in which children could freely choose from a number of developmentally appropriate activities. 



The outcomes of a Montessori education are:


  • Independence

  • Self-esteem

  • Autonomy - Active Learners

  • Confidence & Competence

  • Respect for others - able to handle external authority

  • Intrinsic Motivation

  • Social Responsibility

  • Citizens of the World - Promote Peace

  • Spiritual Awareness

  • Academic Preparation

Claire Bashaw

Class of 2005

Villa Montessori empowers its students to be leaders. My teachers taught me collaboration and cooperation, rather than competition. Learning kindness, peacefulness and respect for others during my years at Villa have benefited me in my chosen path of leadership and advocacy.

Reid Belanger

Sophomore, North IB

Villa positively impacted my life by giving me the tools to build my own future and thrive as a person. Because of Villa, I know who I am and where I want to go in life so that I can strive for and attain success.

Jackie Seigel

Sophomore, Arcadia High School

Villa immensely impacted my life in so many ways. Villa prepared me to handle challenging experiences in my past and even now. One thing I took from Villa was to always push myself and try new things even though it is stepping out of my comfort zone.

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