Mission and Values


Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future… Let us treat them with all the kindness which we would wish to help to develop in them.

-Maria Montessori


 

students outside with pinwheels on peace day

Our mission, in partnership with teachers, parents and students, is to nurture a lifelong love of learning.  Our “whole child” focus creates self-motivated, creative critical thinkers and kind, responsible global citizens.  We are unflagging in our commitment to our students and strive to create an exceptional and authentic Montessori environment, so that each student may achieve their maximum potential.

Our Philosophy and Guiding Principles

The Village School is guided by the theory and practice of the Montessori philosophy and believes that it is fundamentally important to:

Foster a lifelong love of learning.

Impart a challenging curriculum that supports and respects individual learning styles in multi-age classrooms.

Educate the whole child by recognizing and respecting the physical, emotional, and intellectual individuality of each child.

Nurture in each child creativity, independence, self-confidence, and the joy of discovery.

Provide well-structured environments, order and orientation in classrooms, proper sequencing of materials, and a consistent educational approach.

Encourage sensitivity and awareness for all people and cultures as well as for the global environment.

Affirm and support the value of family-school partnerships by encouraging active family involvement.

Develop a sense of community in and out of classrooms by encouraging cooperative learning, problem solving, and community service.

What We Stand For

Progressive Education - teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills while using the latest technological advances to encourage creativity and innovation through collaborative projects.

Inclusion and Anti-bias - fostering a culture of students who are able to recognize bias and injustice and to develop the ability of each student to stand against it.

Diversity - celebrating all peoples, religions, and backgrounds by incorporating culturally sensitive presentations and discussion opportunities into the daily lives of students. 

Sustainability - striving to instill in students a responsibility for caring for their environment by involving them in recycling and composting initiatives as well as a collaborative gardening program from toddler through middle school. 

a Montessori quote about unity

The Village School believes that ethnic, racial, and religious diversity create the opportunity for understanding and cooperation among all people. We seek to build a strong foundation of tolerance, recognizing each human being’s uniqueness. In concordance with this policy, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, or national origin in regard to admission, programs, scholarships, and employment.