I think that many will see the Montessori method as 'weak' and not one that would develop 'grit,' but the kids keep working a lesson until they get it right and can move on to the next one. That takes persistence and determination. The teachers encourage them to keep trying.
I think there is something about the Montessori method that helps foster emotional intelligence and communication. My daughter fully has internalized the Golden Rule and considers other people's feelings and experiences.
Watching my daughter and her school peers interact, I have seen a strong sense of fairness and equity enter into their play. Being honest and fair with each other is just a part of being friends. I have no idea how this is 'taught' from an educational standpoint, but it is definitely a quality being conveyed to the kids somehow.
My daughter has been attending the MSAE since she was 4 years old (for almost a year and a half now). Prior to this, she attended a private daycare with an educational focus, but there was something about the Montessori method that clicked with her. Within the first month, I could see that her motor skills improved vastly. She started holding a pencil properly instead of with her fist and was even sewing shapes on burlap fabric!
She learned how to tie her shoes, braid her hair and become much more confident in herself and her abilities. She is now much more social and friendly with other kids. And, she is fully reading chapter books written for 6-8 year olds, writing in cursive and adding 4 digit numbers.
I love her teachers and know she feels supported. And as a full time worker, the hours and vacation schedule of the school is perfect.
It may, but I think they say it requires at least the full primary cycle for this to happen (3 years). I think it does take persistence and determination for kids to be successful but I think they either bring it and excel or don't and feel left behind.
The school would say yes, but I'm not a full believer in the Montessori approach. I think enforcing rules that are meant to keep kids safe doesn't teach them compassion or caring. It teaches them to follow rules.
The pros: convenient hours and schedule similar to a daycare. The cons: feels more like a business than a nurturing school. They underpay the assistants and don't support the teachers. It's for profit and there's a mysterious owner who occasionally makes an appearance to pick up his kids. There's not a lot of space for creativity or deviation from the very rigid approach to learning and being and not much consideration for kids who may need different types of support, nurturing, or encouragement to engage with the materials and approach. The toddler room was warmer and welcoming but kids move into primary at 2.5 years old. Caters to wealthy working parents for the most part who need long hours of care, year-round options and don't want to pay quite as much as a prep school but still go private and "progressive."