Letter From Directress

At Montessori Preparatory School, the school and the family are partners in support
of the child’s unique gifts and interests. We all grow together.

We uphold Dr. Maria Montessori’s principles and practices, based on education as “a
harmonious growth of all potentialities of the child, mental and physical, according to the
laws of its being…” (Montessori, 1945)

We all grow together.
Like Montessori we believe that education is “an aid to life” and its end result is a mature,
healthy adult. We believe that everything we do should reflect a respect for each child, their
potential, their individuality and their humanity. In our approach to education we seek to
help children become independent, self-disciplined, internally motivated, and enthusiastic
learners through the curriculum we use, the environments we design and the methods of
guiding development and behavior we employ.

Montessori said the children’s play is their work. In that same spirit, we believe that
children learn through doing, through experimenting, through making choices and by
making mistakes. In this way they gain mastery of their physical bodies, their emotions,
and their minds. When children gain mastery in these areas, they come to exemplify our
belief that acquiring information is a means to an end and not an end in itself. Thus, they
learn to use knowledge as a tool in the process of becoming independent thinkers and
creative problem solvers.

We believe that a school should be a community-a community of educators and families
working in partnership to create the best environment possible for children’s growth and
learning. As members of a community we help and support each other in all ways that we
are able through our knowledge, our labor, our time and our creativity.

Finally, we believe that quality education should not drain families’ financial resources nor
waste the resources of our planet. Thus, we are committed to providing the highest quality
educational programs and services for children and parents that we can for the lowest
possible cost. In order to do this successfully, we must have assistance and cooperation
from every member of the school community to keep costs down and quality high.

Lori Fields