What is Montessori?
The Montessori program, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a comprehensive educational approach that allows children to proceed at their own pace and focuses on all aspects of human development -- intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Montessori classes place children in three-year age groupings: Primary (ages 3-6), and Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9-12). Primary classrooms have children ages three, four and five. Each child develops their own skills -- working together in group activities and spontaneously where, for example, a fiveyear-old might assist a three-year-old in an activity. A certified Montessori teacher and trained teacher assistant observe and present new activities as children demonstrate their need and readiness. The Catholic faith formation component of the Montessori program, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, allows children, assisted by a trained catechist to learn about signs of the Catholic liturgy and Holy Scripture.
When did this program begin at St. Pius X School?
Our primary Montessori program at St. Pius X School began in the Fall of 2011. Preparations to ensure a successful implementation were undertaken in May, 2009. Classrooms were remodeled, and staff received the requisite training from the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University.
What age will children be in the program?
In its first year, the Montessori program includes students who are ages three and four. One year later the program was be expanded to include five-year-old students. This is a full-day program designed for students who would have previously attended our PK3, PK4 and Kindergarten programs. Children must be toilet-trained prior to the first day of school.
What is the whole child approach?
St. Pius X Montessori teachers recognize that children are unique individuals. Children are developing emotionally and socially, and with the support of our certified teachers, students learn how to navigate these feelings to help them grow with compassion and confidence. Our Montessori program values the human spirit and the development of the whole child—physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.
How do I find out more?
If you have specific questions, or would like to schedule a tour, please call the school at 410-427-7453.