“Everything we do must…aim at improving the individual in order to improve society.”

Why Montessori?

"Schools as they are today, are adapted neither to the needs of {students} nor to the times in which we live."
–Montessori

Our task as educators is to identify and meet:

  1. the needs of our students
  2. the needs of the times in which we live

Thus, we base our practices on research and scientific pedagogy. We design experiences to:

  1. ensure your child learns how to learn
  2. create independence so your child can become the person she is meant to be
  3. develop adaptability for a productive and purposeful life in the 21st century

As Montessori said, “Everything we do must …aim at improving the individual in order to improve society.”

Montessori realized the responsibility we have as adults to educate children in a way that protects their individuality while calling them to contribute to making our world a better place. Through integrated, inquiry based curriculum, designed to foster connections between and across subject areas, we teach students how to set goals, monitor their progress, and challenge themselves to go outside of their comfort zone.

We realize every child is different and seek to make the most of those differences! Thus, our student-to-teacher ratio is intentionally low, while our faculty is exceptionally talented.

Technology and transportation have changed the way we interact with the world, and will continue to do so. To both take advantage of this and prepare students for this world, we engage students in real world experiences where they apply their learning in multiple off-campus projects.

Testing

Students at The Hillsboro School are high achievers. They develop an intrinsic desire to do their best through years of seeing their progress and gaining a sense of pride in their work. We do not focus on “teaching to the test,” although standardized testing is one genre of learning that we prepare our students for so that they have success. High standardized test scores open doors, and we want our students to have every possible door open for them!

Real World Preparation

The critical thinking and creativity that Montessori education develops are essential in the modern workplace and the list of famous former Montessori students is long.

  • Founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin
  • Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos
  • Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales
  • Chef, Julia Child
  • Video game developer, Will Wright says Montessori “taught me the joy of discovery” that prepared him for creating The Sims, Sim City, Spore, and Super Mario Brothers. “SimCity comes right out of Montessori… if you give people this model for building cities, they will abstract from it principles of urban design.”
  • Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) states that Montessori schools do a better job than many other schools in teaching independent thinking.
  • Anne Frank’s diary was a natural outgrowth of her Montessori experience as she learned observation skills and to record her thoughts in a journal early on.
  • Nobel prize winning author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.”
  • hip hop artist, “P Diddy” Combs, “I feel like I was nurtured into wanting to be somebody special.”
  • Pulitzer prize-winning author and former owner/editor of the Washington Post, Katharine Graham, “The Montessori method, learning by doing, once again became my stock in trade.”