In contrast, a Montessori school’s main concern is: Who is your child, and how can we best help your child reach his or her highest potential?
The four pillars of the Lake Mary Montessori Academy program are:
1. The cultivation within our students of passion for excellence in everything they do, both inside and outside of school.
2. The development of a strongly held set of universal values, which include self-respect, respect of others, honesty, integrity, responsibility, empathy, compassion, kindness, peacefulness, a sense of concern for others, warmth, and a love of community.
3. The development of a global perspective and a sense of international understanding.
4. A lifelong commitment to give something back through service to others who are in need.
In a word, what these four pillars teach is character.
At LMMA, teachers are focused on helping each child to reach her maximum potential. Children who attend LMMA get an incredible sense of self-worth. They become independent, passionate learners and problem-solvers. They complete their work and do things well.
Children at LMMA learn non-violence and conflict resolution. The concept of bullying is foreign in the Montessori environment. The children and staff have mutual respect for one another. They learn to work independently and to work as part of a team. We are an International Peace Site.
LMMA students work on community service projects throughout all grade levels. The school has an annual food drive, the Kindergartners participate in The Heifer Project, and the upper grades choose which causes they would like to support.
Public school teachers in Florida are too busy teaching for the FCAT, making sure their students can recite meaningless facts, and managing children’s’ behavioral issues to deal with the larger issue of viewing each child holistically.
What LMMA and other Montessori schools around the world focus on is helping children to grow to be more empowered and more balanced in all aspects of their lives.
These are very powerful lessons, which go far beyond the simple memorization of facts and formulas, and lead to the development of a child who is a lifelong, joyful learner. And that is the best investment you can make in your child’s life.