|“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.” Maria Montessori|
Welcome to the North Avondale Montessori School web site. Let me begin by saying at North Avondale Montessori School, “It’s all about the kids!” Our goal is to provide the best academic education possible, through rigorous and challenging course work, and to prepare students with a solid foundation to excel academically as they enter each grade level. We utilize the Montessori philosophy, education in the arts, and after school activities to develop a well rounded student. Many of our students graduating from the sixth grade will attend Clark Montessori, Walnut Hills, and the School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), the best high schools in the area.
The main goal of Montessori education is to develop a child’s sense of social responsibility. Students learn through hands on learning activities in multi-age classrooms. Montessori materials are a part of the everyday instruction. These materials are specifically designed to stimulate the child’s imagination and to develop reasoning skills. Every teacher at NAM has Montessori certification and implements these learning activities and concepts on a daily basis.
Our Montessori classrooms are organized into the following age groups: 3 to 6 year olds (Pre-school to kindergarten), 6 to 9 year olds (1st, 2nd and 3rd grade) and 9 to 12 year olds (4th, 5th and 6th grades). Our faculty has Montessori training to support students through these developmental stages. Currently, over 80% of our faculty have a Master’s degree in Montessori education and are trained to support students through these developmental stages. We also have two National Board Certificated teachers serving on our staff.
We offer students a wide variety of experiences in the arts. Dance, piano, Suzuki Strings, Cello, flute, Orff, visual art, vocal music and drama classes are provided after school. Orff is a method of studying and teaching music using pitched and unpitched instruments and incorporating body movement. Students learn to play the xylophone, recorder and drums. Classes are instructed by a professional artist at a minimal cost to the parent. Informational fliers are sent home to the parents or you may obtain a flier in the main office. We encourage every student to participate in an activity after school.
Our Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has developed a new system for ranking schools. The ODE will now use a grading system to score schools on an A, B, C, D and F rating. By scoring over 80% on 8 of the 9 academic indicators, we earned a “B” on the Ohio State Report Card! Please review our scores on the ODE web site. For this school year our goal is to earn an “A” by meeting all 11 academic indicators required by the ODE. Although this is a loft goal, we have excellent students, supportive parents and an awesome teaching staff to achieve this expectation. By providing students with tutors, using the Study Island computer learning program, and other intervention plans, I believe this goal is attainable.
If you are interested in touring the building and observing students learn through the implementation of the Montessori philosophy, please contact us at (513) 363-3900.
And remember at North Avondale Montessori School, “The Sky is the Limit” for student achievement and success!
Roger R. Lewis, Principal
Our mission is to create an enviroment that provides children the foundations for knowledge skills, self-awareness, and independence needed to become resposible members of a more harmonious world and contribute to its development.