September 30, 2015
My daughter will complete the Adolescent Program in May. As we start looking at high schools, I have been reflecting on the qualities that attracted us to Arbor many years ago. The list is long! To name a few: individual instruction, respect for children, environmentally focused, the Outdoor Program, opportunities for child leadership, parent involvement, encouraging teachers and staff.
Arbor welcomed both my children for lower elementary (1st grade) and nurtured their individual needs through the middle school experience. Even with completely different personalities and learning styles, both of my children found the classrooms challenging and interesting. They had opportunities to explore areas of interest, take personal responsibility, support peers, challenge their comfort zones and develop leadership skills. My older child is now a successful student in a traditional private high school. He was prepared for the rigorous academic requirements and made friends quickly and confidently at his new school.
If you are considering Arbor, there are many amazing opportunities available for you and your child. However, parents should expect to contribute, participate and get involved. Those who are involved in their child's classroom and partner with the school will see the amazing qualities of a Montessori child....curiosity, cooperation, communication, creativity, responsibility and more.
As my younger child prepares to leave the comfort of her Arbor home in May, we are sad to leave the school but excited about the future opportunities. We have seen repeatedly that the children leaving Arbor are confident adolescents prepared to contribute to their communities (school, church, neighborhood, etc). They can solve problems and think on their own. They love learning and seek new challenges. They are confident in their abilities and have strong social skills. I'm thankful my children had the opportunity for a Montessori education at Arbor.
- submitted by a parent