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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.
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:
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.
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.
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.