The outcomes of a Montessori education
A child passing through all our Montessori programmes has the best chance of emerging as a strong young adult. They will:
- be able to make up their own mind,
- take their place in society as a responsible member,
- make choices and think independently,
- understand consequences of their actions and decisions, and
- have some idea of their own life’s mission and be able to start to work towards this.
The Montessori approach supports development of:
Intrinsic motivation: Intrinsic motivation is the innate desire that drives the child to engage in an activity for enjoyment
Ability to handle external authority: The child is able to accept the ground rules established by external authority as appropriate boundaries in his or her interactions within the school community. These ground rules are internalised, enabling the child to function with or without the presence of the external authority.
Creativity and originality of thought: Children are confident using the knowledge and skills they have acquired to express their own ideas and creativity. They recognise the value of their own ideas, respect the creative process of others and are willing to share regardless of risk. Children find joy and satisfaction
Social responsibility: Social responsibility requires the awareness that our actions impact the welfare of the group and that we cannot attain complete independence and autonomy until we contribute constructively in a group process. Individuals are able to make a positive contribution to their community and groups within that community.
Autonomy: The autonomous child is self-directed, composed and morally independent.
Confidence and competence: The confident and competent child perceives himself as being successful, has a realistic understanding of accomplishment and has the ability to learn from his/her mistakes. Competence is the capability for success through taking risks, reflection and self-correction.
Academic preparation: Providing students with skills that allow them to become independently functioning adults and life-long learners. As students master one level of academic skills they are able to go further and apply themselves to increasingly challenging materials across various academic disciplines. They recognise that there is always room to grow in their abilities to read, write, speak, and think clearly and thoughtfully. Children learn how to learn by doing — experiential learning. Students are encouraged to explore materials, integrate new concepts, analyse data, and think critically.
Spiritual awareness: Spiritual awareness is embodied in the child who is compassionate, empathetic, and sensitive to the natural world and humanity.