In keeping with the tenants of the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, ACM offers a truly child-centered, multi-sensory environment. The structure and ground rules of each program are based on fundamental Montessori principles, such as respect for others and the classroom environment. The materials offered in the classroom allow for hands-on, intrinsically motivated learning. The classroom has a multi-age grouping, in order to encourage self-lead learning and to promote adaptive social development. Within this structure, each child is able to learn at his or her own pace, and older children can provide assistance to those who are younger and serve as models to them.
Preschool and Kindergarten
The 2016-2017 school year is our first year for totally independent operations! This year the primary program is relocating to our new independently operated space at Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St.
The primary classroom is designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 3-6 years of ago. Actives are designed to develop concentration, coordination, independence and order. They promote self-care and practical life in addition to pre-academic and academic exploration. The classroom program accommodates the 3k, 4k and Kindergarten years.
The Montessori primary classroom is open to any child between the ages of 3 and 6 years old that exhibits social, emotional, and developmental readiness. Elements of readiness include being potty-trained, ability to communicate verbally, some amount of impulse control and capacity to follow directions. Readiness is determined by a Montessori-certified lead teacher during the interview process. Some children are ready as young as 2.5 but the majority of children are ready closer to 3 years old. Enrollment is on-going throughout the year on a case-by-case basis.
The 2016-2017 school year brings us our pilot year for Montessori elementary program! ACM’s vision includes a co-operative group of parent volunteers. ACM plans an intimate learning environment where children are able to pursue their own interests while developing a sound academic foundation. ACM’s plans a practical life program that incorporates frequent student-initiated and student-planned walking field-trips to the many learning opportunities downtown including museums, music venues, local businesses, halls of government, as well as the City’s natural and working waterfront. The school day will include time for art, outdoor exploration, as well as free play during recess. As classroom hours will be spent on schoolwork, homework will be kept to a minimum. The Elementary program will also be lead by a Montessori-certified teacher.
Our elementary classroom is open to students ages 6-12. The program accommodates elementary grades 1-6. Prior experience in a Montessori environment is ideal, but not required. Students younger than 6 exhibiting developmental, social, and academic readiness for an elementary environment are accepted on a case-by-case basis.