“Education is a natural process carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.”
Maria Montessori

Mission and Values

At Gladwyne Montessori, our mission is to cultivate self-reliance in our students through a learning experience guided by the philosophy of Maria Montessori and informed by contemporary educational research. We provide a vibrant and academically stimulating program that develops curious and confident students, well prepared to serve as responsible citizens of the greater community.

Our values—individuality, curiosity, responsibility, flexibility, connection, acceptance, and joy—are embedded deeply throughout our curriculum. We strive to instill these values within each member of our learning community.

Individuality

The moment students enter our school, we encourage them to take charge of their own learning. Montessori materials are self-correcting so students can develop critical thinking skills on their own and at their own pace. Our teachers use differentiated instruction to individualize their approach with which children are taught by matching tasks and activities with a student’s interest, ability, and learning preference. The result is a sense of accomplishment—the feeling, "I did this own my own," that rarely comes from sitting in a traditional school room.

Curiosity

Every child is naturally curious to learn more about the world. At Gladwyne Montessori, the classroom environment and the concrete learning materials that progress with students as they master the work leads them to ask new questions and learn abstract concepts in math, science, humanities, and beyond. Our teachers are passionate about creating lessons that foster children’s natural curiosity.

Responsibility

Our unique mixed-age classrooms generate a sense of responsibility toward others, which teaches students to respect each other, work together, and resolve conflicts as a group.

Flexibility

By following a rigorous curriculum driven by life's more natural rhythm, children are uniquely prepared for future success in higher education and working in the 21st Century economy. Additionally, regardless of the scope of the project, students are encouraged to collaborate, ultimately developing self-control, time management, and cooperation.

Connection

In order to identify how a pattern in math connects to a pattern in nature or how physics influences sports, our students learn in the same classroom for three years, growing creatively and mentoring one another. Through these connections, our students begin to understand their place in the world.

Acceptance

Our diverse classrooms naturally provide the opportunity for our students to learn at a young age acceptance and how to embrace differences. Our cultural curriculum teaches children about the world so they understand other lives and beliefs exist outside their family, school, and community. Montessori students develop grace and courtesy through a daily social setting that encourages them to respect their environment and others living in it.

Joy

Montessori students flourish in an atmosphere filled with respect and academic challenges. There is a special sense of harmony that follows your child as he progresses through our classrooms. Students are given the gift of time in the classroom to form their ideas and express themselves. Experiencing education through this innovative lens, teaches students to enjoy academics, and prepare for a lifelong love of learning.

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