Message from the Head of School
I am delighted to introduce you to Andover School of Montessori, a school where young minds are developing to meet the challenges of our times.
I believe that when Maria Montessori opened her school in 1907, she was well ahead of her time. Her ideas about student learning are more relevant today than ever. When you visit ASM, you will notice that there are children of different ages in the same classroom, not unlike your workplace. Students engage in project based work, allowing them to collaborate, create, and problem solve. These are the skills students will need to be successful in life and the workplace, skills that cannot be measured via a standardized test. Therefore, students are assessed through daily observations, discourse, essay writing, rubrics and traditional testing.
ASM’s curriculum advances within a three-year program cycle, allowing your child to be with his teacher over this extended period. This relationship allows the teacher to thoroughly understand your child, thus helping him to achieve his potential. The teacher learns what ignites your child’s passions, and helps him to discover and develop his talents. Your child will be encouraged to take risks and make mistakes within a safe and caring environment, allowing him to grow and learn: prerequisites for constructing new knowledge and the inspiration for new ideas. He will develop a social intelligence and confidence that will serve him well as he navigates his teenage years. I have observed this first-hand in my own children, both Montessori graduates.
Traditional schools are beginning to recognize that these fundamental principles of a Montessori education are critical to student achievement, and at ASM we have been successfully and intentionally delivering these “new” educational concepts for decades.
I invite your family to visit our school and see it in action. Please call our Director of Admission, Yvonne Howard, to coordinate a time and to answer any questions that you may have.
Joanna DeStefanis, Head of School