“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”
 Dr. Maria Montessori 

The George Washington Elementary School/Montessori Program offers children a holistic education in which Guides and Staff view the children as unique individuals:

▪ Integrate a challenging Montessori education and a caring, responsible community to provide for the academic, social, physical and emotional growth of all students;

▪ Offer children a holistic education in which guides and staff see the children as unique individuals, understand their multiple intelligences, respect their ideas, and encourage their enthusiasm for learning.

▪ Create an environment that offers young people opportunities to reach their highest potentials emphasizing basic skills, critical thinking, and the nurturing of personal qualities:

▪ Academically, through appropriately high expectations, and a rich, self paced learning environment that provides the cognitive tools to achieve mastery and build confidence;

▪ Creatively, through the integration of a variety of avenues for creative expression using Project Based Learning combined with the areas of multiple intelligences(i.e.: visual arts, creative writing, drama, music and public speaking).

▪ Physically, through the integration of fine and gross motor movement within the curriculum, and through activities to encourage physical fitness, cooperation, nutritional awareness, mind/body discipline, and yoga;

▪ Socially, through an environment where children may develop independence, personal meaning, and responsibility for themselves, others, and our world:

▪ Emotionally, through a peaceful and safe environment which fosters community building, diversity, risk taking, and acceptance.

▪ Build a Community Partnership of students, families, guides, staff, administrators, and community members who create an environment that establishes the foundation for those habits of mind that support happiness and success both in school and in life.