Community Montessori is a 100% open enrollment, Montessori focus school in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD). We are the only public Montessori school in Boulder Valley serving children ages 3 through 11 with preschool classes through 5th Grade.
School Program / Instructional Characteristics
Individualized, integrated hands-on learningSelf-directed, child-centered learningTeachers with both Montessori and state certificationResearch-based instructional strategies and resourcesFull complement of developmentally sequenced, manipulative, self-correcting, Montessori materialsMaterials progress from concrete to abstractStudents progress through 3-year multiage class cycle with same teacher for cyclePre-K (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9), upper elementary (ages 9-12)Stages of development drive instructional techniques and resourcesInclusive of various leaning styles and learning needs.Presentation of concepts corresponds to cognitive developmentReality-based early childhood educationPre-K cycle integral foundation for elementary and beyond2 1/2 –3 hour uninterrupted learning blocksClassroom instruction adaptable to specific student accommodationsClassroom environments are ordered and aesthetically pleasingStudents have access to outdoor environment for learning and observationFocus on exploring resources beyond classroom wallsRespect for self, others and environment a central, core theme in every aspect of student’s experienceSelf-discipline fostered through personal responsibilityStudents are given specific freedoms within clear, safe and consistent limitsParental involvement in classroom and school community is fostered and encouragedParent education on the Montessori model is providedAdministrators trained and experienced in Montessori methodStaff participates in on-going professional development
It’s an individualized approach, which moves children ahead in areas of strength, and also gives children more time when developmentally needed.It builds a nurturing community through multi-age groupings which fosters respect for self, respect for others and individual differences, and respect for environment.The freedom within a structure encourages self-initiative, goal setting, independence, self-discipline and responsibility.It’s a hands-on approach, which helps introduce children to concepts at an early age and sequentially moves them from the concrete to the abstract.It’s a fully integrated and comprehensive curriculum, which stimulates learning through guided discovery.It encourages children to follow their intense curiosity and interests to problem-solve, to think and to continue to love learning.It focuses on life-life-long tools to learning in a non-competitive environment with extended, uninterrupted work opportunities.
We are a school where children love to work and learn.
When you walk in our building you feel the warmth and kindness from
every staff member. Our students find meaning and take ownership of
their learning. Our parents have a giving nature. The name Community
Montessor truly illustrates what it takes for a school to be successful; a “community!”
That the whole child should be nurtured through education-mind, body and spirit – not just academic
In honoring a student's
individual and unique developmental timetable and learning style by
providing differentiated instruction, self-directed, independent
learning choices, opportunity to work at one's own pace and rhythm and
the freedom to pursue interests
That each child has a right to respect in a safe and nurturing environment that challenges their learning potential
That parents are in partnership
with teachers, students and staff forming a community that works and
plays together where each child feels needed, connected and cherished
In nurturing respect for the natural world by providing outdoor learning areas and experiences
That cooperation can and should be fostered rather than competition
That teachers work in collaboration with students toward setting goals and facilitating learning
That students are encouraged to be responsible through intrinsic rather that extrinsic means
In gripping the child's fascination through the whole, big, fantastic, universal picture then examining the detail
That problem solving is a communal effort, including discipline
That we are preparing children to become lifelong learners
That the school staff models respect, cooperation and lifelong learning
In a multicultural curriculum where diversity is not only respected but celebrated
In an integrated and spiral approach for implementing curriculum
In the value of a common educational philosophy
That diversity is our greatest strength in building a full and varied community.
has developed a respect and responsibility for self, others and the environment;has attained the skills and commitment to make a worthwhile contribution to society;and is a life-long learner.