Montessori VS. Traditional Schooling

We are often asked what the difference is between a Montessori school and a traditional public school.

Although Montessori schools can differ, we believe that this comparison chart gives our community a glimpse into the differences between a Montessori education and traditional schooling. Whether seeking out a private or public Montessori school, the best way to get a true feel is to schedule a tour with the Head of School and observe the children in action. Use this chart along with your own intuition to help you decide if a Montessori school is right for your child.

Montessori

Traditional

Smaller child-teacher ratio Child-teacher ratio is approximately 25:1
Individual child sets instructional pace Group sets instructional pace
Cognitive development is emphasized Social development is emphasized
Multi-sensory materials are plentiful for physical exploration Fewer materials for sensory development
Children are free to move about the classroom Children are often assigned to a space
Self-discipline is encouraged Teacher is the enforcer of discipline
Rewards are intrinsic through success as child spots their own errors Rewards are often extrinsic and errors are usually pointed out by teacher
Teacher(s) are unobtrusive in classroom; role is to guide and support child Teacher is the center of the classroom
Children are free to choose work and learning is uninterrupted Child generally works for blocks of time on assigned subjects
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