About the Montessori Method
Montessori methodology derives from the philosophies and legacy of Maria Montessori, a woman far ahead of her time in her value for independent exploration within learning. For students, learning how to learn is the true value of a Montessori education. For instructors, an emphatic approach to a student's physical, emotional, and educational needs contributes to the happiness, well-being, and success of each student. Highly specialized materials contribute to each lesson at each stage of child development. Students learn according to their own pace with guidance and encouragement from their teachers and peers. We see our students as capable agents in their own educational process. Students are not only expected to develop tools in their education, but also tools that empower them to make healthy choices for their bodies, positive responses to conflict, and other skill sets that often fall to the wayside in traditional educational environments. Unlike traditional schooling, Maria Montessori valued educational procedures that empower rather than dominate. Students gain exposure to character-building skill sets that many adults have yet to learn. Not everyone can imagine an approach to education that so well balances structure and freedom. We often seek to share the philosophies of Maria Montessori with our local communities through inclusion in school events, hoping to share the opportunities inherent with this educational paradigm. We look forward to having these dialogue with you!
Montessori Academy will guide children on their journey into a continually evolving, dynamic world that engages their minds and enlivens their imaginations. Each component of the educational journey will instill a love of learning, high self-esteem, and positive values resulting in high academic achievement.
We will use the principles of Maria Montessori as the foundation of our educational philosophy in a manner which fosters and elicits learning. We will create evolving environments, making each day a productive step in the journey to the ultimate goal: a child who is motivated, independent, and has a love of learning.
Our Core Values
We maintain the highest level of individual and organizational integrity; committed to doing the right thing for Montessori Academy’s community. Decisions are driven by our vision and mission and guided by data to support the best outcome for the students and stakeholders we serve. We strive to provide resources and support that are relevant and intentionally-focused on our strategic plan. We conduct all business in an ethical and professional manner, being the best community-partner possible.
We are passionate about the work afforded by our mission. We are inspired by and dedicated to the students in our community. We foster a strong work ethic to provide innovative resources to educators and students. We are leaders in the community providing a catalyst for innovative programs.
We are committed to student achievement. We are education-centered, with the goal of enhancing the school culture of teaching and learning. Montessori Academy guarantees a student will meet the state standards in reading, math, and writing, or one year’s growth on the state mandated assessment in accordance with the Student-Parent-School Compact.
Spirit of Community
Strong community relationships and partnerships are essential to fulfill our mission. We are collaborative in all of our endeavors and seek innovation and teamwork.
As stewards of the community’s trust, we are accountable in action and attitude for the resources with which we are entrusted. We earn the community’s goodwill by taking emotional and fiscal care of these assets. We make decisions that are financially-responsible and sustainable.
Grass athletic fields and multi-use sports courts
Two crystal-clear swimming pools
Classroom computers with Internet access
Garden areas with pond for learning and enjoyment
Large covered playgrounds and picnic areas
Arts & Crafts room and work areas
Separate car-lines for preschool and elementary/middle schools
Our Mascot & logo
The mountain lion is our official student mascot for all grades
This symbol meaning "Good Fortune" is the official school logo
Founded by sisters Juli Newman and Krista Cross
February 28, 2002
Charter application submitted
June 10, 2002
Charter receives unanimous approval
June 17, 2002
Charter is signed
August 19, 2002
First day of school
Rated Excelling multiple times by Arizona Department of Education
Rated "Excelling" multiple times by Arizona Department of Education
Phoenix Best Schools Magazine rates our middle school top 99% based on 2009 scores