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    https://contenthub.bvsd.org/Schoolprofiles/Pages/CommunityMontessori.aspxhttps://contenthub.bvsd.org/Schoolprofiles/Pages/CommunityMontessori.aspx{a1474b88-e943-4771-be13-3b8882c5fdd4}​Community Montessori is a 100% open enrollment school in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) where the BVSD standards are taught using the Montessori Method and the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) plan uses the Nurtured Heart method by Howard Glasser.<br><br>Community Montessori is the only public Montessori school in Boulder Valley serving children from age 3 through age 11, preschool through 5th grade since 1995. As a public Montessori focus school, we are held accountable to the standards and achievement goals of BVSD.   Our children and families benefit from the wealth of special services and resources offered through the district.<br><br>Maria Montessori's theory of child development is based on three-year cycles.  The mixed age grouping of children at each level corresponds with this theory.  Children will usually have the same teacher for three years.  The Pre-K cycle is an integral foundation for the elementary cycles.<br><br><strong>Children's House - Preschool through K (ages 3-6):</strong><br>The carefully prepared Montessori classroom facilitates the preschool child's development of independence, concentration, coordination and sense of order.  Learning activities are hierarchical and move from the concrete to the abstract in the following curriculum areas:  Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language Arts and Cultural.  Note that the Community Montessori Preschool and full-day kindergarten is tuition based with financial assistance available for those who qualify based on income.<br><br><strong>Lower Elementary Grades 1-3 (ages 6-9), & Upper Elementary Grades 4-5 (ages 9-11):</strong><br>The elementary curriculum offers a continuum that builds on the preschool experience and reflects a new stage of development.  The child learns through individual, or collaborative discovery of concepts by participating in experiential work in the following curriculum areas: Mathematics, Geometry, Language Arts, Science, Geography, History, Music, Art, Practical Life, Computers and Physical Education.<br>Shannon Minch<p><strong>​School Program / Instructional Characteristics</strong></p><blockquote><ul><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Individualized, integrated hands-on learning</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Self-directed, child-centered learning</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Teachers with both Montessori and state certification</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Research-based instructional strategies and resources</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Full complement of developmentally sequenced, manipulative, self-correcting, Montessori materials</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Materials progress from concrete to abstract</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Students progress through 3-year multiage class cycle with same teacher for cycle</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Pre-K (ages 3-6), lower elementary (ages 6-9), upper elementary (ages 9-12)</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Stages of development drive instructional techniques and resources</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Inclusive of various leaning styles and learning needs.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Presentation of concepts corresponds to cognitive development</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Reality-based early childhood education</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Pre-K cycle integral foundation for elementary and beyond</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">2 1/2 –3 hour uninterrupted learning blocks</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Classroom instruction adaptable to specific student accommodations</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Classroom environments are ordered and aesthetically pleasing</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Students have access to outdoor environment for learning and observation</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Focus on exploring resources beyond classroom walls</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Respect for self, others and environment a central, core theme in every aspect of student’s experience</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Self-discipline fostered through personal responsibility</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Students are given specific freedoms within clear, safe and consistent limits</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Parental involvement in classroom and school community is fostered and encouraged</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Parent education on the Montessori model is provided</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Administrators trained and experienced in Montessori method</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">Staff participates in on-going professional development</span></li></ul></blockquote><strong>Highlights of the Montessori approach to learning:</strong><br><blockquote><ul><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It’s an individualized approach, which moves children ahead in areas of strength, and also gives children more time when developmentally needed.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It builds a nurturing community through multi-age groupings which fosters respect for self, respect for others and individual differences, and respect for environment.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">The freedom within a structure encourages self-initiative, goal setting, independence, self-discipline and responsibility.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It’s a hands-on approach, which helps introduce children to concepts at an early age and sequentially moves them from the concrete to the abstract.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It’s a fully integrated and comprehensive curriculum, which stimulates learning through guided discovery.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It encourages children to follow their intense curiosity and interests to problem-solve, to think and to continue to love learning.</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">It focuses on life-life-long tools to learning in a non-competitive environment with extended, uninterrupted work opportunities.</span></li></ul></blockquote>Our mission at Community Montessori is to foster achievement and the joy of learning by providing a public Montessori education to a diverse population of students in BVSD.<div><br>At Community Montessori We Believe:<br><blockquote><ul><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That the whole child should be nurtured through education-mind, body and spirit – not just academic </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In honoring a student's individual and unique developmental timetable and learning style by providing differentiated instruction, self-directed, independent learning choices, opportunity to work at one's own pace and rhythm and the freedom to pursue interests </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That each child has a right to respect in a safe and nurturing environment that challenges their learning potential </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That parents are in partnership with teachers, students and staff forming a community that works and plays together where each child feels needed, connected and cherished </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In nurturing respect for the natural world by providing outdoor learning areas and experiences </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That cooperation can and should be fostered rather than competition </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That teachers work in collaboration with students toward setting goals and facilitating learning </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That students are encouraged to be responsible through intrinsic rather that extrinsic means </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In gripping the child's fascination through the whole, big, fantastic, universal picture then examining the detail </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That problem solving is a communal effort, including discipline </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That we are preparing children to become lifelong learners </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That the school staff models respect, cooperation and lifelong learning </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In a multicultural curriculum where diversity is not only respected but celebrated </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In an integrated and spiral approach for implementing curriculum </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">In the value of a common educational philosophy </span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">That diversity is our greatest strength in building a full and varied community.</span><br></li></ul></blockquote></div>​​The Community Montessori graduate:<br><blockquote><ul><li><span style="font-size:12px;">has developed a respect and responsibility for self, others and the environment;</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">has attained the skills and commitment to make a worthwhile contribution to society;</span></li><li><span style="font-size:12px;">and is a life-long learner.</span></li></ul></blockquote>

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