What ages do you cater to?
- Our students range in age from 2,5 to 12 years. Our four Learning Neighborhoods are:
Infant Community, ages 2,5-3
Children’s House, ages 3-6
Lower Elementary, ages 6-9 (Grades 1-3)
Upper Elementary, ages 9-12 (Grades 4-6) *Note that we do not admit students in Grade 6.
- We also have a Parent and Infant Program for the first year of your child on Saturdays from 6 to 16 months. We encourage parents to enroll in this program with the child to go deep on the Montessori method and to learn from the Montessori philosophy how to observe and start guiding your child from home.
What curriculum do you use?
- We are a Montessori School following the principles of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). We also link the Montessori curriculum with Common Core Standards and the Valencian Ministry of Education Curriculum for Spanish and Valencian.
Curriculum is, in the simplest terms, a description of what, why, how and when students should learn. A principal objective of a quality curriculum is, in a fair and inclusive manner, to enable students to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and values, and the associated capabilities and competencies, to lead meaningful and productive lives.
- Unintended learning can occur anywhere –inside or outside the classroom –and is largely ‘uncontrolled’. It can emanate from, for example, the ethos or culture of the school, from relationships between students and teachers and between students themselves and from how students understand the way things are in their world.
Curriculum can be understood as the totality of what children learn while at school –including what they learn through classroom activities; in interdisciplinary tasks; across the school, for example, in the playground, at lunch time when eating (civic responsibilities, etc.). This curricular totality also includes opportunities for wider achievement through sport, music, debating, and the like. For us curriculum is defined in a holistic, process-oriented way.
Does my child need to speak English?
- Students come to Valencia Montessori School with varying levels of English fluency.
Students applying to our Infant Community and Children’s House Program (ages 2,5-6) may enter with limited or no English skills.
Students applying to our Lower and Upper School Program (ages 6-12) with limited English skills may benefit from our EAL program.
- For 1st and 2nd grade students, the assessment of English language skills will be performed in the following manners, a) a classroom visit or an online meeting b) a language based game and c) a writing sample.
For 3rd grade and older students transferring from other schools take a grade level appropriate CCSS entrance exam. This will help to gage his/her academic level and his/her use of the English language. The applying student will also be required to participate in a) a classroom visit or an online
Does my child need an adaptation period?
- “Adaptation to the environment is the first necessity.”
— Maria Montessori
Adaptation is a process that can be slow or fast, it depends on the child and where he/she is emotionally, level of maturity, and physically. This process follows the child’s senstive periods, critical stages where they are learning about their environments.
- Providing a prepared environment that is enticing and stimulating helps the child to develop and learn with confidence and security. Once the adaptation period is over, the classroom begins to experience ‘normalization’. This means that the learners understand the established norms, know what is expected of them, and fully embrace the class culture.