Goals & Philosophy
Our goal is to provide a warm and stimulating environment to nurture the development of the student to her/his fullest potential. Our children are treated with respect and dignity; their self-esteem as individuals is a paramount concern. We place great emphasis on learning by doing and we value all aspects of a child's work. By stressing process rather than products in the child's work, we enhance feelings of competence and self worth. Freedom of choice in a well-defined structure characterizes our classes. The development of independence of thought and action is the result of activity guided by caring adults who act as links to the educational materials.
"To stimulate life and then leave it free to develop, to unfold. That is the first task of the educator." Maria Montessori
Woodside Montessori Academy draws on the concepts developed more than 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman doctor of medicine. Her scientific observations led her to conclude that students thrive when allowed to develop at their own pace, in an environment specially equipped with a rich choice of stimulating learning materials. It’s an education based on respect for each student as an individual and it aims for the fullest possible development of each student as an individual.