1What is a “Montessori” School?
A Montessori school is a school that embraces the methodology and educational philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Maria Montessori (1870- 1952) was the first woman physician to graduate from the University of Rome, Dr. Montessori developed her method of education through her scientific observations of how children learn and develop. Montessori schools are dedicated to developing the “whole child” this includes physically, emotionally, socially, and academically.
2Is BRMS a religious school?
BRMS is not a religious school. While Maria Montessori was a devout Catholic, there is no religious instruction in our school. We do however, teach “Grace and Courtesy” lessons, ideals which are based on solid moral tenets such as kindness, honesty, and respect for others, our work and our school.
3How are holidays celebrated?
We wish to create a family community that enjoys socializing with one another. During the year we have many family events, some during school and some on weekends. We have seasonal festivals, picnics, potlucks, Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations, and our favorite- Breakfast with Santa. We welcome parents or students to bring in information of any special celebrations they may observe in their particular family or culture. We celebrate birthdays with a timeline of the child’s life, along with a “Walk Around the Sun”- one walk around for each year of life!
4Is tuition assistance available?
Yes, our Board of Directors established a tuition assistance program in 2009. Applications are accepted February – March for the coming school year. Please contact the school office for additional information. (COMING SOON! The Anita Taylor Scholarship)
5Is there a summer program?
We have a summer program each year, and offer the convenience of weekly themed sessions for ease of vacation planning. We offer exciting summer camp themes for infants through 6th grade.
6What ages does BRMS serve?
Blue Ridge Montessori serves children 6 weeks through the 6th grade. Please contact the school office for enrollment availability.
7Why Montessori for Kindergarten?
Montessori programs and groupings are in three-year cycles. The Primary Classroom includes children from ages 2 years 9 months through the Kindergarten age of 6. The third year in the Primary classroom is one of mentoring the younger students, doing much more abstract work in math, language, science and geography, and an extraordinary explosion in learning. Every lesson that the child has been doing in the room has new meaning and it all comes together in a way that is almost magical to see. Allow us to use an image that most of us are familiar with- the scene in the Miracle Worker when Helen Keller is drinking the water from the pump, Annie Sullivan is spelling w-a-t-e-r into her hand and suddenly it all makes sense to her. The third year for the Primary child is often just that dramatic- the child wants to learn everything and nothing will stop the process.