We believe that early childhood is the foundation for everything that follows. In the first six years of life, children develop beliefs and attitudes about themselves and their place in the world. They develop confidence and maintain a sense of wonder, and curiosity when they are in an environment that respects their individuality and their limitless capacity as learners.
We believe that children hold the future in their hearts, minds, and souls and that education should be an “education for life.” It must provide the opportunity for children to learn in an atmosphere of respect, kindness, and belief in each child’s potential. Independence and autonomy are celebrated and supported.
We believe the culture of MCS is one of its greatest strengths. It is a culture of respect, inclusion, warmth, curiosity, acceptance, collaboration, and joyful learning. We are a community of adults and children for whom learning is a life-long process. In our school, adults serve as mentors, friends, and guides.
We believe that parents are a child’s foremost teachers and that parent education, support, and partnership play an important role in maximizing a child’s experience at school.
We believe that mixed-age groups provide the optimum classroom environment. Our classrooms promote an atmosphere that is collaborative rather than competitive. Every child is unique and, as such, learns at his or her own pace based upon personal interest. A three-year age span offers modeling for the youngest children and the experience of being leaders for the oldest children.
We believe in the Montessori theory of education. Based on the nature of human development, our authentic Montessori experience offers “a natural place to learn” for every child. This is a place where choice, movement, participation, and self-expression are integral to the child’s experience.