Why Montessori School of Durham
We are so lucky to live in a community rich with Montessori options for your child. So why choose Montessori School of Durham out of them all?
In MSD's re-accreditation review, the American Montessori Society said that:"The core values of this school are in evidence everywhere we observed. The care and love of children permeates the entire environment where children are allowed and encouraged to invent and discover on their own how things work and how important it is to develop people skills as well as academic ones. The faculty of the school embodies a level of professionalism that is palpable and evident to anyone observing in the classrooms."
We offer a strong foundation for the cognitive, social, and emotional development of each individual child as well as developing a strong sense of their citizenship in both the local and the global community. We are committed to enriching our children’s learning experiences through the guidance of expert teachers and a diverse curriculum. Cultivating respect, resilience, perseverance, and a sense of responsibility are our hallmarks.
To accomplish this, Montessori School of Durham implements the classical Montessori principles: the development of concentration, order, and coordination, which foster the discipline required for independence. These skills enable the child’s freedom of inquiry, while multi-age classrooms promote individualized education. Confidence and enthusiasm is gained from the ability to self-initiate and from success.
These principles provide the framework for every level of our work — the layout of the classroom, the design of the curriculum, the modeling of each activity, and the intention of each lesson with the individual child. We have strong staff retention because of staff satisfaction, which is reflected in the the strength of the community and the beauty of the classroom environments.
In addition to our outstanding teaching staff, our programs are also set apart by a dedication to Montessori’s foundation in respect for the child. At MSD, we respect the child’s innate desire to learn and inborn power to be competent.
We are fortunate to have a diverse body of families that contribute to the richness of our children’s Montessori experience. The time, talents, unique backgrounds, and energy of families enhance our children’s education at MSD and contribute to the supportive and engaging community we enjoy.
Since our inception in 1976, Montessori School of Durham has been an affiliate of the American Montessori Society, and in 1996 we were recognized as the first school in North Carolina to become an Accredited School by the American Montessori Society. Today we are one of six schools in the state of North Carolina to maintain this ranking. We also maintain accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS.)
Montessori School of Durham does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, family structure, or national or ethnic origin, in admissions, programs, employment, financial assistance, activities, use of facilities, or privileges.
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