Will a Montessori Program challenge my child academically?
Children graduating from the Montessori Community School program tend to exceed the prescribed learning outcomes and have strong concentration skills, refined work habits, a sensorial and hands on approach to learning, they have acquired a deep understanding of the world around them, are self-motivated and reflect a true love for learning. These skills will serve them well as lifelong learners.
How well do children transition to “traditional” classrooms after a Montessori Four Year Program?
Research shows that Montessori children are very well prepared for life academically, socially and emotionally, having established a strong sense of self, character and social consciousness. They demonstrate great levels of adaptability, independence and love for learning. They build secure and caring relationships with their peers and the adults in their environment. These skills allow for a smooth transition to “traditional” classrooms as they will adapt easily to any new learning environment, will continue to work autonomously with no supervision or even direction and ultimately build strong and meaningful relationships with their teachers and peers.
How does my child actually learn in the Montessori Community School environments?
In our student-centered environments, children are free to develop at their own pace, based on their interests, and their evolving skills. The teachers, who are known as guides in the Children’s House, offer one-on-one presentations or lessons, where they introduce a material to the child. Our guides respond to each child’s interest, thereby making learning perfectly tailored to each student.
Does my child work in groups or is it all individual work?
Children choose how they want to work throughout the day. There is time to be together as a whole class group, time to work in small groups, or partner groups as well as the opportunity to work individually.
How much time do you spend outside?
The child is free to move between the two environments. There are specially prepared activities for children’s work outside as there are inside.
When does the admissions period start each year?
Registrations take place all year round, depending on the availability in each of the two environments. When there are no vacancies in a given program, you can join our waiting list, and we will follow up with you promptly, as openings become available.
What is included in the tuition cost?
Everything is included in the annual tuition fee. Αll school supplies or material. There is no registration fee.
Which two programs do you offer and what are their schedules?
The Montessori Community School offers two programs:
- The Infant Community program, for children between the ages of 1 year old (provided the child can walk) to 2.5 years
- The Children’s House, for students 2.5 to 6 years old.
In both programs we offer a 09.00-13.00 option as well as a 09.00-15.00 option.
Do you provide a school bus service?
We offer daily the single options of pick-up or drop-off service, as well as the combination of pick-up and drop-off, with all safety standards in place (special car seats for children under 4) and a strict drop- off and pick-up safety policy.
When can my child join the Infant Community?
All children who have learned to walk (typically around 12 months) are welcome to join our infant community.
Does my child need to be toilet trained to join the Children’s House environment?
It’s not a prerequisite for their enrollment. Once they join our community, we encourage their toilet training and assist them when they are ready to remove the diaper and use the toilet.
Do I have to pack a snack for my child?
Snacks in both environments are offered by the school. Children who eat lunch at school, bring their own lunch from home.
Can children sleep at school?
Children staying after 13.00 can sleep in specially prepared nap rooms.