Why Montessori? Based on overwhelming evidence, we believe the Montessori approach provides the best possible foundation for teaching and learning.
Because we believe it is our job to meet each student’s individual needs, we also incorporate the best and most current available educational research and thinking into our teaching. We teach our students to experiment, test, analyze, observe, and practice in their own educations; we, too, approach our school as a laboratory for ongoing learning. We believe a complete, systematic approach to education – ever-evolving, yet rooted in timeless wisdom – produces sophisticated thinkers and wise individuals.
How does a Montessori education differ from a traditional education? Find out…
- Maria Montessori Blog – www.mariamontessori.com/mm
- American Montessori Society – www.amshq.org
- American Montessori Internationale – http://www.montessori-ami.org/
- Association Montessori USA – http://amiusa.org/
- Montessori Science – http://www.montessori-science.org
- What is Montessori? – http://montessoriobserver.com/what-is-montessori/
- Why Montessori Education is Priceless
- Montessori, Why Not?
- The Absorbent Mind (Heny Holt & Co., 1995), by Dr. Maria Montessori
- Montessori Madness! A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education (Sevenoff, 2009), by Trevor Eissler
- Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius (Oxford University Press, 2008), by Angeline Stoll Lillard
- Discovery of The Child (Fides, 1967), by Dr. Maria Montessori
- Drive (Penguin, 2011), by Dan Pink
- A Whole New Mind (Penguin, 2006), by Dan Pink
- Brain Rules (Pear Press, 2014), by John Medina
- The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” (Houghton Mifflin, 2000), by Alfie Kohn
- Punished By Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bribes (Houghton Mifflin, 1999), by Alfie Kohn
- Dr. Adele Diamond: Why Montessori Works (1:08:17)
- Dr. Hughes: NPR Interview on the Modern Educational System and the Impact of Montessori in Classrooms (48:37)
- Dr. Hughes: Building Better Brains: The Neurological Case for Montessori Education (1:35:27)
- Dr. Hughes: Good at Doing Things: Montessori Education and Higher-order Cognitive Functions
- Changing Education Paradigms (11:41), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Bring On the Learning Revolution (17:58), by Sir Ken Robinson
- Educational Videos on the Montessori Method from the American Montessori Society
- Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us (10:48), by Dan Pink
- Superwoman Was Already Here (6:14), by Daniel Petter-Lipstein
- Montessori Madness (5:44), by Trevor Eissler
- Are We Teaching STEM Wrong? (1:05:52)
- American Montessori Society
- “The Single Most Innovative Concept in Education is at Least 100 Years Old” Quartz
- “The Montessori Mafia” The Wall Street Journal
- “The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education” Forbes Magazine
- “Montessori Education Provides Better Outcomes than Traditional Methods” Science Magazine
- “Develop Leaders The Montessori Way” Harvard Business Review Blog
- “How to Shape the DNA of a Young Company” The New York Times
- “Neuropsychology and Montessori” Association Montessori International/USA
- “Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate” Huffington Post
- “Why the World Embraces the Montessori Method” New York Parenting
“Montessori” is the short name for a child-centered philosophy of education and method of teaching, brilliantly developed by the late Italian scientist and physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. It is not affiliated with any religion or political organization. Montessori schools around the world are free to interpret its principles in different ways, so programs can vary, and schools like Oak Meadow can keep the program current while preserving time-tested approaches and core values. At Oak Meadow, central Montessori principles, such as encouraging a child’s innate desire to learn, creating the prepared child-friendly learning environment, and supporting children’s need to work at their own pace remain the foundation of the program. At the same time, Oak Meadow does not let the program stagnate: dedicated faculty enriches the curriculum with the very latest validated research from educational, behavioral, and developmental experts. Because it is not trademarked, any school is free to use the Montessori name or principles. To be sure of a school program’s quality, parents are advised to check for accreditation.
Oak Meadow enhances the curriculum with the very latest validated research from educational, behavioral, and developmental experts. The result is a dynamic synthesis of time-honored and proven Montessori principles of education, and cutting-edge strategies for the development of deep critical thinking skills and self-confidence in students through grade eight. Current research supports the validity of many long established Montessori approaches and core values such as multi-sensory, interdisciplinary, and project-based learning, as well as the whole-child approach to education.
Absolutely! We are proud to be fully accredited by the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) and the American Montessori Society (AMS). We are also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).
Oak Meadow eighth grade graduates are very well prepared for secondary school. Guidance counselors and admissions officers from our area’s top private and public high schools report that our students excel both academically and as members of their new community. Our students have a love of learning, poise and confidence, and the skills to navigate a challenging world.
Student assessment, through observation, dialogue, testing, project-based learning, and portfolios, is an essential part of Oak Meadow’s classroom approach and the Montessori classroom. Every day, teachers are assessing their student’s work and progress to plan their next lessons and to individualize instruction. Daily assessment allows students to continue through the curriculum at their own pace without having to wait for others or advance before they are ready. In addition, Oak Meadow’s Upper Elementary and Middle School programs administer standardized tests once a year.
Evidence shows that young children flourish in classes that span two or three years. Our faculty are able to know their students well, which allows them to direct a child’s lessons based on their particular interests, enrich curricula where needed, and provide alternate avenues for accomplishment and success. Multi-age classrooms allow for older children to assist and mentor their younger classmates, while younger students look forward to moving on to the more challenging activities they see around them. Most importantly, multi-age classrooms allow for each child to master work at his or her own pace. Students move on to advanced topics and lessons as they are academically and developmentally prepared for them, not simply when they reach a given age or grade level.
We are a small school by design with an average student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1.