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.
|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|