We have such a strong community here. Our teachers really excite and make learning fun. Weather it's planting in our gardens, cooking in the kitchen or playing basketball after lunch with the students. Almost every classroom has a pet some have lots. Everyone pitches in on their care. Our staff are all involved in our students education.
I think that each student is treated as an individual. If that child masters a subject they move on to a more challenging work in that area. They are asked to ask the older students for help and if the can't help them then the teachers will work one on one with them. I think as they see their peers move forward it makes them more determined to work harder.
They teach the students to respect other people's feelings and their personal space and to be aware of there actions and how it affects the other students. I also think by mixing three grades together they learn from each other.
They take the time to sit down and explain or discuss the differences in students. They meet every morning in circle and discuss, news, events happening in there life's and the world. They take the time to get to know each child and there families. They also have the older children volunteer at a local Alzheimer's facility and The Center for the homeless in our local city. Our students also volunteer throughout our school, helping the younger students with reading and math and everyday activities.
We have all different ethnic backgrounds and religions here at MAEL. The teachers have taught the children to embrace others cultures , accept responsibility for your own actions. To respect themselves and others and to help a person in need but to also recognize when to push the students into making there own decisions and to be independent. They take the time to listen and guide the students to work through there differences.
My three children attended The Montessori Academy (TMA) for a combined 36 years of education over a span of 16 years. Our two youngest are in high school and our eldest is a freshman at Notre Dame. I served on the board of directors at TMA for 3 years, chaperoned multiple day and over-night field trips, and coached 25 different teams of Montessori Mustangs in Soccer, Cross-country, Basketball, and Track & Field. Without hesitation, I would recommend TMA for your children, and for your family.
TMA is beautifully diverse, with a myriad of cultures, nationalities, and faith practices represented in the student body -- one of its true strengths. These differences are celebrated and utilized as a means to teach empathy and compassion. Prior to winter break the school hosts a holiday celebration in which parents sit in an outer circle with children in the middle. A display of faith symbols, written principles, and important objects are in the center. Parents spontaneously explain the nuances of their faiths & traditions and a variety of songs are sung. This inclusive gathering of the TMA community is simply a model for the world.
Academically, my three children have shined in honors curricula at a local college prep high school. During our H.S. selection process, we were repeatedly told how prepared TMA students are for high school, both academically and socially. This has certainly held true for my three kids with one at ND and our senior accepted at seven universities and counting. TMA teaches its students time management, public speaking, and a true love of learning. Every 8th grader delivers an eloquent, self-confident speech at graduation; simply stunning.
Extracurricular programs are robust and include athletics, the arts, and technology. The Mustang sports teams are inclusive, intelligent, and win or lose, truly successful. Teamwork and sportsmanship are instilled; humility and respect are embraced. All three of my children have or are competing in high school sports, at a high level. The TMA athletic teams helped shape their character, develop self-confidence, and forge deep and lasting friendships.
The Montessori Academy will teach your children to strive to make the world a better place. Your and their lives will be transformed for the better should you choose TMA. Become a Mustang family; we’d do it again in the blink of an eye.
As an alumni and now a current parent, I know this school has the best hands on, real world application teaching methods in the area! Teachers are amazing! Only certified Montessori school in area which means all teachers not only have an education degree, but they all also went through a rigorous Montessori certification program. Where else can your kids get all this???
Overnight trips to Washington DC, camp eberhart, Camp Tecumseh, Great Smokey Mountain Institute in Tennessee, Swamp Stomp, Civil War Center, Asian field trip, HealthWorks Kids’ Museum, Leeper Park Cabin Days, The Snite Museum of Art, the Garfield Comic Strip Museum, the Notre Dame Planetarium, Chicago Field Museum, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Kalamazoo Air Zoo, Ludwick Farm, WNIT Studio tour, Round Barn Theater, the Bodine Fish Hatchery, Bonneville Mill, and local production plays at I.U.S.B. and St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame Planetarium, Chicago museums, Junior High pizza business to teach about entrepreneurship, community service with Alzheimer patients and in the preschool classroom at the Center for the Homeless, spanish foreign exchange program, Lego league, science fair and more!
Kids are beyond prepared academically, professionally and personally to achieve great things.
All the teachers not only have an education degree, but they all also went through a rigorous Montessori certification program. They go above and beyond to work with each childs individuality. The volunteer after school with the kids whether in activities or with school work, and they also all donate to the school even though they make less than public school teachers. Why? Because they are dedicated to the kids.