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Educating the whole child and honoring the diversity of each individual from
Pre-elementary (age 3) through Grade 8.

About Montessori

Montessori is a child-centered educational approach that recognizes the child as naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning when provided with a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment and sequential, hands-on learning.

It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the child as a whole.

Eton School is proud to be fully accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS), which holds Montessori schools to a standard of excellence requiring teachers to fully meet the intellectual, social, and physical needs of each student.

Distinctive elements of Montessori:

  • Educating the Whole Child
    The intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual needs of a child are of equal importance.

  • Offering a Prepared Environment
    The classroom is carefully and thoughtfully prepared by the teacher with the child in mind to foster exploration, independence, freedom within limits, a sense of order, and harmony.

  • Using Montessori Materials
    In a Montessori environment, students work with specially designed materials, which provides the student a learning path from concrete to abstraction. Each material is presented to the student by the teacher and built into each one is a “control of error” which allows him or her to assess his or her individual progress and to work until the lesson is mastered. Materials offer multiple levels of of challenge and can be used repeatedly at different developmental levels. As the student progresses, the teacher introduces new material to ensure the level of challenge meets the student’s needs.

  • Teacher as a Guide
    A Montessori teacher serves as a role model, guide, demonstrator, and a conscientious observer and recorder of the student’s learning journey. The teacher creates a classroom that meets the unique interest, academic levels and developmental needs of each student. The teacher is a “guide on the side” rather than a “sage on the stage.”

Developing a Lifelong Passion for Learning

The Guide on the Side

Montessori: The Elementary Years

Comparison: Montessori and Traditional


"Montessori education offers our children opportunities to develop their potential as they step out into the world as engaged, competent, responsible, and respectful citizens with an understanding and appreciation that learning is for life."

~American Montessori Association, Benefits of Montessori Education



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