The Montessori Education
Grades & Assessments
What is Montessori Education?
The Montessori philosophy to education focuses on lesson mastery, independence, and building a love of learning.
With mastery as the goal, there is no need to assign grades to a student’s work, because essentially all students would receive an “A.” Homework is also not part of our school culture. We believe that students work hard all day and should spend their afternoons and evenings engaged in life – playing sports, taking music lessons, cooking with their family, and not doing more school work.
Three times a year parents receive a narrative progress report for their child. These reports include academic achievements, but also highlight a child’s emotional and social development. All three make up the “whole child” and all are key components of their learning experiences.
Parent/Teacher conferences are held four times per year for Montessori education. August is our back to school conference when teachers and parents set goals for their children. Children in Lower Elementary and above attend and set their own goals. Subsequent conferences in October and February serve as check-ins and in May we wrap up with an end of the year assessment of the child’s progress.
Students in grades 3-8 participate in the ACT Aspire each year. While the test scores have no impact on teacher salaries or a child’s academic standing, we do use them as benchmarks. These tests help us to gauge the child’s progress as well as to identify areas in the classroom where we could better meet our student’s needs.
At The Montessori School of Fort Smith, we believe that each child is an individual and their education should reflect that.
What are the benefits of Montessori education?
- Focuses on key developmental stages
- Encourages students to learn natural self-discipline
- Montessori philosophy encourages creativity
- Focuses on hands on learning
- Enhanced social interaction
- Highly individualized for each student
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Take time to explore our website to learn about our school and the genius behind Dr. Maria Montessori’s work. We invite you to tour our campus to see firsthand our student’s engagement in their work and their excitement for learning.
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