a student kneels on a cloth mat while working with wooden montessori learning materials
Goodwater Montessori follows the Montessori approach to learning while maintaining compliance with public education requirements. Because the school must meet certain legal requirements in order to receive public funding, we do not offer a “pure” Montessori experience. However, the academic program at Goodwater Montessori stays true to the Montessori method in every way possible and focuses on providing a comprehensive and child-centered education that fosters confidence, creativity, and collaboration.
The school offers programs for children from early childhood through middle school. Because Montessori offers a mixed-age classroom environment, students are divided into four distinct age groups:
- Primary PK3 – Kindergarten
- Lower Elementary 1st Grade – 3rd Grade
- Upper Elementary 4th Grade – 5th Grade
- Adolescent 6th Grade – 8th Grade
At Goodwater Montessori, the academic program is complemented by a strong emphasis on social-emotional development. The school aims to cultivate empathy, respect, and collaboration among students, fostering a sense of community and inclusivity.
In the Primary program, the emphasis is on fostering independence, developing fine and gross motor skills, and cultivating a love for learning. The Montessori materials and activities are used to promote exploration and self-discovery.
The Elementary program builds on the foundation laid in the early childhood years and focuses on academic subjects such as language arts, mathematics, science, and cultural studies. Students engage in hands-on learning experiences and have the opportunity to work individually or in small groups.
The Adolescent Community program provides a supportive and collaborative learning environment for older students. The curriculum integrates academic studies with real-world experiences and practical life skills. Students engage in projects, research, and community service to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.