The goal of Hamilton Park Montessori School (HPMS) is to create a high-quality Montessori learning environment that meets the social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs of its community members.
The curriculum at HPMS is based on the Montessori Method, created by Dr. Maria Montessori, one of the first female physicians in Italy, who was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work in the field of education.
At HPMS, high standards are set for children who are educated in a positive Montessori environment that encourages independence, respect, growth and community membership. In this environment, children not only “learn how to learn,” but they learn how to be members of a caring community.
HPMS values Dr. Montessori’s thought that children learn differently than adults. Children use all five of their senses, effortlessly absorb knowledge from the environment, and have “sensitive periods” for learning that coincide with human development.
Our classrooms are mixed-age and mixed-ability communities where younger students learn from older students. The older role models master concepts by teaching them to younger students. The older students also learn social responsibility as they are expected to help and teach the younger students, who tend to admire them as the leaders of the classroom community.
In a Montessori manner, HPMS assumes that children have an innate love of learning and teach themselves by interacting with the environment carefully prepared by certified teachers.