Montessori Community School
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Head of School
An independent school that cultivates a child’s love of learning, and the only school in Hawaii that is fully accredited from Preschool through Sixth Grade by both the American Montessori Society and HAIS, Montessori Community School offers an inviting and engaging learning environment. Our school embraces a holistic approach, where teachers certified in the Montessori Method guide each child’s learning to acquire knowledge and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Serving as Hawaii’s premier Montessori school for nearly five decades, our school is proud to have educated generations of children and families.
“We present a unique and proven model for developing the whole child. Montessori children ‘learn how to learn’ in a culture that cultivates curiosity and respects their inner drive toward independence in thought, emotion, creativity, expression, style, and leadership,” says Head of School Marjie Carroll.
The Montessori Method – An Education for Life
A child-centered educational approach, the Montessori Method is based on the research into childhood development and scientific observations of Dr. Maria Montessori. It is time-tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures around the world. Classrooms are created with students’ needs in mind, with specially designed learning materials that encourage open-ended exploration of concepts. Our authentic Montessori program includes multiage classrooms that foster peer learning, uninterrupted work periods, and guided choice of work activities. In every classroom, students progress at their own pace through a relevant curriculum that challenges them to think critically and to work collaboratively, developing skills for life in the 21st century.
In the 2019-2020 school year when on-campus operations were suspended due to the global pandemic, learning shifted to a virtual format. Every day, our students joined their teachers remotely, receiving developmentally appropriate lessons, which provided students the freedom and responsibility to complete work independently. While the environment of a Montessori classroom could not be perfectly replicated, the philosophy of learning through discovery and hands-on activities allowed our children to continue to make progress in learning across the curriculum.
Our Local Montessori Family – A Lifelong Journey of Friendship and Community
Our school is a place of caring and for making connections. One father of three students shared, “I discovered that the school was not only a place for our children, but a community for our family. We have all grown through our choice to send our children to Montessori Community School.” It is common to see second generations of families matriculating at Montessori Community School. And, our graduates report that they were not only well-prepared for the academic rigors of secondary school, but that they had the confidence to meet the challenges of higher education, careers, and family life.
For more information about Montessori Community School, please visit our website at www.montessorihawaii.org or call Cari Suzuki at (808) 522-0244 to schedule a classroom observation and school tour.
1239 Nehoa Street, Honolulu, HI 96822 | (808) 522-0244 | MontessoriHawaii.org