We came to MPA with our two daughters mid way through lower elementary and one midway through upper elementary. Having Beene the another Montessori school, MPA exceeded our expectations. The teachers are 100% focused on the students, the administration is friendly and personable. Two years ago our oldest moved up to a secular jr high and has excelled. MPA prepared her to be an independent, thoughtful student!!! Can't wait for our youngest to start kindergarten there next year!!!
The Montessori philosophy is all about meeting the needs of the individual student. Small group lessons are given on how to use materials, then the child follows up using the materials to learn the concept at his own rate. Students help students when they need help. Teaching a peer solidifies the helpers own learning. The child in need learns differently from a peer than an adult.
Leadership from the office to the classroom is supportive. In a multi-grade classroom such as ours, the oldest students are given roles as leaders. They learn to take initiative to extend their roles where they see needed. Community service is valued here. Sixth graders often help in lower elementary classrooms with science experiments.
Teachers work together to support each other. Each teacher is allowed to bring his/her own passions to the classroom: from cooking with children, putting on a class play, to gardening in our peace garden. Community is strong at MPA.
I am a seasoned teacher who works at MPA. As a teacher I have insight into what is happening here. The staff is very dedicated. Every one is our office is supportive and genuinely cares about the children, parents, and staff. The specials teachers, library staff, special needs team, and classroom teachers work together with passion and enthusiasm to create an exciting place for our children to learn.