Phoenix Montessori Academy is an independent, non-profit school, educating students from ages 18 months to 18 years (Toddler through 12th grade). Our offerings currently include the following classes:
Toddler (18 months-3 years old)
Primary (3-6 years old)
Primary Spanish Immersion (3-6 years old)
Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade)
Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade)
Middle School (7th & 8th grade)
High School (9th-12th grade)
Additionally, our students enjoy enrichment courses in Physical Education, Art, Music, Chorus, Theater, Spanish and Cosmic Education.
Phoenix Montessori Academy is convenient to Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, Charlotte, Mooresville, and Denver, NC.
Reference material for exploring Montessori:
Trevor Eissler "Montessori Madness!" - 321 FastDraw (YouTube Video)
Superwoman Was Already Here! - 321 FastDraw (YouTube Video)
How Montessori Prepared Me For College (Montessori Rocks)
Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn (Mind Shift)
Seven Tech Innovators Who Became Wildly Successful After Going To Montessori School (Business Insider Magazine)
Maria Montessori and 10 Famous Graduates From Her Schools (The Christian Science Monitor)
Maria Montessori: Is the Montessori Method Any Good? (The Christian Science Monitor)
The Montessori Mafia (The Wall Street Journal)
Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate (The Huffington Post)
Our Educational Philosophy:
The Montessori Method of teaching is a time tested, proven form of education. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) was Italy's first female physician. She held a doctorate in psychiatry, philosophy, and was a professor of anthropology. Dr. Montessori created a method of education that is based on the developmental tendencies of human beings.
The Montessori Method is very different from traditional teaching. Below is a chart highlighting some of the main differences:
A Montessori environment is designed for experiential learning. Everything is accessible to the children and is readily available for their use. Also, Montessori children are free to wander throughout the classroom exploring, interacting and making work choices. This helps to foster responsibility and self-discipline.
Tactics and methodologies used in the Montessori classroom are child-centered and not information centered. The Montessori Method is designed to provide an opportunity for children to explore, grow and direct their own educational experience. This freedom leads to the development of joyful, life-long learners.
In a Montessori environment, education of the "whole self" is paramount. Therefore, personal and interpersonal growth is cultivated as well as academic development. Multi-age grouping allows children to hone leadership skills, establish role models and mentors, and learn to live and work in harmony with others.
Montessori provides a rich academic, social and spiritual opportunity on all levels. All subjects are combined to create an interdisciplinary educational experience. Lessons and presentations are always prepared with the developmental needs of the children in mind. Dr. Montessori described her method as much more than an isolated academic experience. She referred to it as "Help to Life".