Princeton Montessori School has long been known for offering exemplary Early Childhood and Elementary programs for young learners from infants through Eighth grade, guided by the principles of the Montessori approach to education. The school recently received authorization to offer an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme for grades six through eight. This year, Princeton Montessori School celebrates its 50th anniversary of providing children from the greater Princeton area with the very best in Montessori education.
As Michelle Morrison, Head of School, states, “At the heart of Montessori education is nurturing the potential in each child and personalizing learning. With our Montessori and International Baccalaureate middle school program develops is critical thinking, working collaboratively, and acting ethically and boldly — all skill sets for the 21st century and beyond. Adapted specifically to meet the needs of the sensitive early adolescent years, this educational experience is progressive, exceptional, and unique.”
The IB Middle Years Programme offers a challenging framework that encourages students to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. Montessori education is built on the understanding that students learn best when their learning experiences have context and are connected to their lives and their experience of the world that they have experienced. IB programs compliment the Montessori approach by offering an education that focuses on teaching students to think critically and independently, and adapt a global view through their studies . Completion of the MIddle Years Programme at Princeton Montessori School prepares students to succeed in a world where learning is continual, change is a given, and one’s core competencies and ethical values drive success.
The Princeton Montessori School approach to education is grounded in Montessori philosophy and centered around the following core values:
The teachers respect each child as a unique individual. Children are viewed as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully-prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child.
An understanding that not all children learn at the same pace. The Montessori curriculum is personalized to the needs of the student, which leads to children feeling confident in their abilities.
Independence and competence lead to self-confidence. These are the first steps in developing creative thinkers and confident learners. These skills are nurtured and developed in all programs through hands-on learning experiences.
Character development is a central focus within the curriculum. Peace and conflict resolution are practiced daily as children learn to be part of a warm, respectful, and supportive community.
Students are supported in becoming active seekers of knowledge. Education should be the lighting of a spark—igniting of a passion—from within. Children learn through hands-on activities and experiences, not through rote memorization. Teachers create purposeful environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions.
Come see what sets Princeton Montessori School apart! Limited openings are available for the fall. Tours are weekdays by appointment. Visit princetonmontessori.org to learn more and to schedule your tour.