To develop true scholars, life-long learners, and productive citizens of the world in a diverse atmosphere that incorporates Montessori principles where students demonstrate respect and love for self, others, and their environment.
The philosophy of Phoenix Montessori Academy is to provide a high quality learning environment using Montessori methodology as a foundation to child education and development. We believe the well-being of the child is essential, teachers are professional guides to a world of discovery, and parents are key in encouraging and supporting the learning platform. We strive to offer a safe, diverse and challenging environment where young children can grow into true scholars, lifelong learners, and great world contributors.
Our Strategy for Success
We use the equilateral triangle as a symbol of our approach to the practical application of the Montessori Method. The triangle represents construction. This symbol serves as the blueprint for a successful experience at PMA. It is equilateral because each leg holds equal importance. At one leg of the triangle is the child. The child is expected to take responsibility for learning, by choosing appropriate activities and working to complete assignments. During this experience each student will learn to communicate needs and concerns to the teacher and to parents. The child must take an active role in this process, and must learn to assume accountability for actions, work, and decisions. The parents make up the second leg. Parents have the greatest influence on their child, and therefore no educational system can truly be effective without parent involvement. Ultimately, parents are a child’s primary role model. Parents are expected to communicate and to help identify their child’s needs, in order to aid in developing systems that will yield success in reaching academic and social goals. Finally, parents are expected to maintain open and honest communication with the teacher. This will facilitate the problem solving process, and will generate the best educational program for each student. The third leg is comprised of teachers. The teachers’ role is to plan for each individual child, provide an educational curriculum and environment that is excellent, and to cultivate a community that demonstrates respect and love. The educator works to get to know each child, and to develop an effective line of communication with each child and each parent. As long as each leg of the triangle is functioning cooperatively, we will successfully construct an educational environment that is safe, genuine, and conducive to learning.