The Montessori School enrolls approximately 105 students and is the only school in the Fort Smith community to offer the benefits of a private, non-sectarian Montessori education to children age 3 years through 12 years. The student population is diverse racially, culturally, and religiously. We seek and celebrate their diversity.
The Montessori School educates the whole child and each area of development is of equal importance. We nurture intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.
Currently, we offer three environments: Primary(ages 3 to 6 years), Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9 years), and Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12 years). In August 2017, we will open our middle school (grades 7-9) with an inaugural 7th grade class.
Our classrooms are carefully prepared environments where children are enabled to work at their own level and pace. These prepared environments are “learning labs” that are bright, warm, and inviting. The interactive learning materials promote an interest in exploring and learning, while the multi-age grouping brings rich and varied educational experiences to the students, who learn easily alongside their peers. The Montessori School teaches children to become joyful scholars and innovators.
Our teaching staff includes certified Montessori teachers who have been trained by accredited Montessori teacher training centers in Houston, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Teacher training prepares our faculty to create dynamic, interactive learning environments which encourage each child to reason, cooperate, collaborate, negotiate, and understand. The Montessori teacher functions as a resource person, role model, demonstrator, record-keeper, and meticulous observer of each child’s development.
The Board of Directors, consisting of current parents and community members, is responsible for the policies and finances of the school, while the School Administrator implements the policies and is responsible for the overall daily operation of the school. MPATT (Montessori Parents and Teachers Together) works to build a sense of community for the school. These three groups work closely together.
Financial support of the school is maintained through tuition and fees, fund-raising, and tax-deductible monetary and in-kind contributions by school families and friends.