Location: Maltby Elementary
The Monroe School District Montessori Program began in 2012 and is available for Kindergarten-5th grade at Maltby Elementary. The program is divided into four classrooms, two primary grade level classes and two upper grade level classrooms. Classroom grade level groupings may change based on enrollment, gender balance and the specific needs of the children in the program.
A Montessori education helps children learn to be independent, self directed learners equipped with the tools needed to accomplish their academic and personal goals. The Monroe School District’s Montessori classrooms are “prepared environments” designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and explorations by the child. Students work independently, in small groups and with the entire class. Special Montessori materials help the child solve problems by themselves, building independence, analytical thinking and the satisfaction that comes from true accomplishment.
The following describes components of Maltby’s Montessori program:
- 5 day a week program
- Students use Montessori curriculum and materials
- Students participate in district and state assessments
- 3 hour uninterrupted learning block
- Students participate in whole school events including assemblies, specialists (PE, music, library), lunch and recess.
- Students are supported by district serrvices as needed (OT, PT, speech, LAP, etc)
- Teacher is both Montessori and Elementary certified
- Parents are required to attend at least one Parent Education class per year and volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per year, which may be done at school or home
- New families are required to tour the program (specific dates will be offered each year) before turning in paperwork for enrollment
There are no specific criteria a student must meet to participate in the Montessori program. Participation in the Kindergarten year is done through an annual drawing over spring break (the school year before the child would enter Kindergarten). Parents need to tour the program and turn in paperwork to be part of the drawing. Families will be notified of acceptance after spring break. Students in other grades will be considered on a first come first served basis with preference given to students who have had previous experience with the Montessori philosophy. We will also strive to balance our boys vs. girl ratio as well as grade levels represented. Both in district and out of district applicants will receive the same priority. Once we have received enough registrations to fill the classes, a wait list will be created for any other interested families.
A parent information night for new and interested families will be held February 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. In addition, we will be hosting Montessori parent education nights throughout the 2017-18 school year.
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