St. Pius X School is the only Catholic Montessori school in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In August 2011, St. Pius X School introduced a Primary Montessori program for children ages 3 & 4 and expanded this program in 2012 to include children ages 3-6. In the Fall of 2013, the Lower Elementary program (ages 6-9) was introduced, followed by the Upper Elementary program (ages 9-12) in 2016. Because of the success of the current classes, our program will expand again in the Fall of 2020 to Adolescent Community (ages 12-14).
A Unique Learning Experience
The Montessori method of teaching was developed in 1907 by an Italian physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. The program utilizes a comprehensive approach that allows children to proceed at their own pace and focuses on all aspects of human development - intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual - to make learning an exciting process of discovery.
A Proven Educational Approach
Children are placed in three-year age groupings: Primary (3-6), Lower Elementary (6-9), Upper Elementary (9-12), and Adolescent (12-14). A certified Montessori guide, aided by a trained assistant, observes and presents new lessons to the children as they demonstrate their needs and readiness.
At St. Pius X School, the approach to instruction is centered on the activity of the child as opposed to a traditional classroom where the teacher is the active giver of information and the students are passive receivers. The instructor provides guidance to the students so that they can discover what it is they need to become active learners able to reach their own potential. Students learn at their own pace, allowing them to focus on their own developmental needs at the moment.
In a Montessori program, the approach to instruction is centered on the activity of the child rather than focused on teacher presentations to passive listeners. Montessori students are more actively engaged in their own education, and this fosters curiosity and a lifetime love of learning, while building greater independence and self-discipline. Students gain stronger critical-thinking and problem-solving skills in the process, which better prepares them for high school and college
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-inspired religious education program that offers students opportunities for spiritual discovery at their own pace. They work directly with the key elements of the Catholic faith and are guided to build and strengthen their own spiritual foundation, while developing compassion for others.