Frequently Asked Questions
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Montessori Methods and Concepts
Q. Are children in a Montessori school allowed to free play or do whatever they want?
A. At Montessori Academy of Spartanburg, we “follow the child”. We operate under the concept of flexibility within structure. Montessori is based on the needs of the child at each stage of development. Students are allowed to explore and work with what interests them. There is an expectation to follow the rules of the classroom and respect their fellow classmates.
Q. What is Montessori’s view on imaginative play and fantasy?
A. When children are very young, they have a hard time distinguishing between reality and fantasy. We believe it is essential for children to learn about the real world first. For example, they learn about real animals from different continents rather than hearing stories about imaginary animals that talk and wear clothes. When children enter elementary school, they are better able to understand the difference between what is real and what is not. This is the age where imagination and creativity flourish.
Q. Is Montessori faith-based?
A. No. Montessori is accepting of all faiths and cultures. We celebrate diversity.
Q. How do children transition from a Montessori to a traditional learning environment?
A. Students transition quite well. They have been allowed many freedoms in the classroom so they tend to be quite flexible in new situations. Many children do not enjoy the rigidity of the traditional classroom but do understand the need to respect the new rules. We find that the longer our students are with us, the better they transition. We have been told that our students are mature, kind, and centered.
Q. In Montessori elementary school, are the students given letter grades and homework?
A. The students are not given letter grades. We use progress reports to quantify their mastery of the curriculum. Our students are expected to read independently and may have some projects that require outside work, but as a rule we do not assign daily homework.
Q. Do Montessori students meet state standards and the requirements of the new common core standards?
A. The Montessori curriculum surpasses state standards and allows students to meet those standards individually and not as a classroom. Our curriculum encourages critical thinking and applied concepts. As a result, the Montessori curriculum has already implemented the intention of the common core standards.
Application Prosses and
Q. Is a tour required before application?
A. Yes, We want to make sure that we are a good fit for you before you commit to us! Some exceptions are made for families moving internationally or from out of town.
Please scheduled a tour by filling out the form on our home page or by calling 864-585-3046
Q. What is required to enroll or be added to the wait list?
A. We only ask for two things to be added to our wait list.
Completed application form
Q. Does the registration fee apply toward tuition?
A. No. The fee is a one time stand alone payment.
Q. How does Montessori prioritize their wait list?
A. Our wait list is a first come first serve. we base this on the date we receive the application form and fee. Beyond that, we do prioritize siblings of currently enrolled students, and children of staff members.
Q. Does Montessori Academy of Spartanburg Require Immunization records?A. Yes. All students are required to have all up to date immunizations as dictated by DHEC. We do not accept exception of any kind. This is for the safety of all our staff and students.