The purpose of St. Joseph Montessori School is, in the words of Dr. Maria Montessori, “to educate the human potential” by means of a scientifically prepared environment that provides a wide variety of equipment and materials; employs a multi-sensory approach to learning; and frees the child to choose activities according to individual interests, abilities, and talents within certain limits. The opportunity to participate in one’s own education provides the child a context for growing academically, socially, and emotionally. At St. Joseph Montessori School, the child’s ability to direct his/her own learning is guided by the Montessori influence of freedom with discipline.
Our school exists as an educational alternative that values and is committed to serving a widely diverse population with varying needs and aptitudes. We believe our services must extend beyond the classroom. Educational opportunities provided for families enable parents to reinforce and enrich the child’s learning. Staff members are offered the means and resources for professional growth and are provided an environment that encourages initiative, creativity, and collaborative decision making. Respect, cooperation, and mutual support among students, parents, staff, and community members are critically important to a child’s success in school and must be actively fostered by all participants.