About Suzanna Dickinson Montessori School

  • Mission Statement:Suzanna Dickinson Montessori logo  
    Dickinson Elementary School is a traditional neighborhood school moving to be a School of Choice. We have loving and talented staff members who follow the Capturing Kids Hearts procedures and mindset, have a strong tradition of excellence and work every year to grow all students to their fullest academic potential. Dickinson Elementary provides a positive and safe learning environment that addresses:

    • Increasing student achievement
    • Offering current and effective curriculum and instruction using blended and personalized learning
    • Involving Parents and Community in their student's learning process
    • Maintaining a highly qualified and effective teaching and support staff

What is Montessori Education?

  • Core Principles of Montessori

    • Mutual Respect based on Relationships
    • Developmentally Appropriate Sensory Based Learning
    • Individualized Learning/ Student Choice
    • Orderly and Organized Environment

    A true Montessori program has highly trained teachers, specific learning materials and a carefully planned curriculum that will help children:

    • Learn cooperative social skills and collaboration with your community
    • Develop self-control and concentration
    • Learn to take initiative, independence, and self-confidence
    • Develop an analytical mindset with hands-on learning
    • And, most importantly, develop a lifelong joy, love, and excitement for learning

    In the Montessori program, children are allowed the freedom of choice for their classroom activity and freedom of movement based on individual interest.

    Teaching materials are provided in the following areas: practical life, sensorial, math, language, and cultural subjects.

    Montessori programs for children over six years of age enable children to continue the exploration of the environment outside the classroom and further independent study of advanced academic and cultural areas based on individual interest.

Why Montessori Education?

    • Collaboration
    • Hands-On Learning
    • Teaching as Guidance
    • Community
    • Independence and Self Confidence
    • Concentration

    Traditional: Teacher-directed discipline
    Montessori: Student-directed discipline

    Traditional: Focuses on a product
    Montessori: Focuses on the process

    Traditional: Direct and small group instruction
    Montessori: Individualized lessons with self-teaching materials

    Traditional: Same age groups
    Montessori: Mixed age groups

    Traditional: Teacher-directed instructional location
    Montessori: Student-directed instructional location

    Traditional: Schedule blocked by subject
    Montessori: Uninterrupted blocks of time with student choice