Montessori focuses on the developmental potential of each individual within a universal context and is therefore applicable to all children. However, Montessori may not be the right choice for all families. A fruitful experience for the child requires that the parents and school share a common view of the purpose of education and it's implementation. For this reason, at Maria Montessori School we do our best to clearly define the philosophy and goals of Montessori education, encouraging parents to ask the hard questions and to talk about their reservations as well as their hopes prior to admission. Ultimately, the goal is for parents to make an informed choice for the right reasons. We look forward to a positive, long term relationship and believe that this can only be built on a foundation of trust and honesty from the outset.
Since the Montessori emphasis is on developing a child's potential, Maria Montessori School does not interview children nor is there a screening process during which the young child is judged against a set of specific criteria. Information about a child's readiness comes from the personal parent interview.
If the child is of the appropriate age, the general rule is to admit according to date of application, determining placement in a manner that preserves the appropriate balance of age and gender in the classrooms. The child is then later invited to visit.
Class placement decisions are made once all accepted children have been identified. The optimal dynamic in a Montessori class calls for careful balance of age, gender, and the diverse needs and contributions of the individual children. Teaching staff are actively involved in placement decisions because they have intimate knowledge of their own classroom communities. Parent requests for specific teachers are not solicited; some parents however, do have preferences for classroom placement and requests can be taken into consideration. Sibling placement is generally in separate classrooms in order to promote independence and privacy.
Maria Montessori School 125 Brentcliffe Rd., Toronto, Ontario. M4G 3Y7