Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.

 Maria Montessori

The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding betweenpeople.

 Maria Montessori

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

 Maria Montessori

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Opportunity to
Become Bilingual

On February 1, 2020, Mi Escuela Montessori will submit its application to open a free, public charter school. If approved, students in our Kindergarten through sixth grade will not pay tuition. Students in our preschool and pre-Kindergarten programs will pay tuition on a sliding scale based on income. Mi Escuela Montessori fuses two well-researched and innovative approaches to education:  the educational program developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and the two-way, dual-language immersion program advocated by most language learning experts. Our interdisciplinary, hands-on and experiential curriculum will be delivered in English and Spanish with the goal of developing biliteracy and bilingualism in both languages. This program is offered to all students, including those who speak only Spanish, some Spanish or no Spanish at all.


Montessori Education

Our Montessori curriculum is provided in multi-age classrooms: 3- to 6-year-olds (Primary), 6- to 9-year-olds (Lower Elementary), and 9- to 12-year-olds (Upper Elementary). Classrooms are organized into core areas including:  practical life, sensorial, language, math, cultural (geography, history, and science) and creative arts.

Montessori Classrooms Include:

 

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Hands-on project based learning
  • Interdisciplinary instruction
  • Large blocks of independent work time
  • Conflict resolution and self-regulation
  • School-Family partnership


Two-Way Dual-Language Immersion

Our research-based,  two-way, dual-language immersion (TWDLI) program maintains rigorous academic proficiency objectives for all students across core subjects. However, our program targets three additional objectives: English language proficiency for our English Language Learners (ELL), second language proficiency by the English speakers, and cross-cultural learning for both populations. Students continue building content knowledge in their native language and are provided bridge instruction to the second language they are learning. Research shows that bilingualism and biliteracy lead to accelerated academic development, improved attention, stronger communication skills, increased problem-solving skills, and improved flexible thinking — for both English-dominant and Spanish-dominant students. Students who develop proficiency in a second language have increased faculty learning additional languages and are prepared for a greater variety of career choices and access to a more global community.  

Diversity & Inclusivity

Mi Escuela Montessori is an inclusive learning community that aims to attract, enroll, and retain a wide spectrum of students and families representative of the diversity existing in Polk County. We believe that the ideal educational program is one in which students have the opportunity to interact with and develop respect for others who share different ability levels and linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Rigorous Academics

The Mi Escuela Montessori curriculum is designed with a high emphasis on standards-based skills and content knowledge in both English and Spanish. We facilitate independent research, interdisciplinary connections and higher order thinking to support students in developing deep understanding of learning objectives.

Individualized Learning

Students at Mi Escuela Montessori work with their teachers to set weekly learning goals in order to develop grade-appropriate strong academic skills. Struggling students are supported within our multi-tiered support system.

Habits of Mind

Students at Mi Escuela Montessori are supported in developing problem-solving and practical life skills which will help them become responsible and engaged citizens in the future. We promote creativity, perseverance, reasoning, impulse control and flexible thinking.

Grace & Courtesy

Students at Mi Escuela Montessori are given instruction on how to be a part of a learning community. All students, even our youngest, participate in maintaining an organized and clean classroom environment and in supporting the learning and physical and emotional safety of their classmates.

Creativity

Students at Mi Escuela Montessori are given the freedom to think outside of the box. They can integrate art, music, drama, technology, and engineering into their presentations of learning. They participate in group discussions and writing workshops which build their skills as effective speakers and writers.

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Who we are

Mi Escuela Montessori admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

Mi Escuela Montessori is a school serving students in preschool through sixth grade. Through our two-way, dual-language immersion Montessori program, we provide a strong educational foundation for students in both English and Spanish while also nurturing our students’ independence, creativity, curiosity, and respect for self, the community and environment.

We are building a community of Founding Families of Preschoolers through 4th graders.

You are invited to help us create the District’s first public dual language Montessori School. We are seeking families who want their children to receive a personalized bilingual education, opening in August, 2021.

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