1. What are the expectations of parents?+
The MSS team expect parents to embrace the Montessori approach for learning in partnership with them. Children thrive when the home and school relationship is in harmony, and both share the same educational values. Parents are expected to maintain direct and respectful communication with all school team members to ensure positive relationships. Parents are required to keep up to date with all school communication, follow the guidelines in the Parent Handbook and stay up to date with the MSS calendars opening and closing dates.
2. How can parents create consistency between the home and school?+
Strive to parent according to Montessori principles – respect, freedom to choose and move, independence and consistent expectations. . Children develop a love of learning and become responsible, independent and capable when parents’ values and expectations are consistent with those of the school. Parents must make an effort to create a home environment that allows children to increase their independence, have consistent expectations and guide them in respectful ways.
3. How do parents communicate with their child’s teacher?+
Teachers aim to maintain open, honest, timely, and respectful communication with parents about their child and information affecting the school community. Twice yearly parent-teacher conferences provide time for parents and teachers to discuss your child’s progress and concerns. Parents receive weekly communication through Spectrum and email from the teachers or school administration. Teachers are available by appointment before or after the school day.
4. How well do children transition to an elementary school?+
While Montessori classrooms may look very different from traditional school settings, Montessori children are resilient and have a high level of problem-solving abilities. At MSS, children learn to be independent, take responsibility for their work, and be curious, careful, and precise. They have experienced a peaceful, collaborative, and community-minded learning environment with mutual respect for other learners and teachers. In other words, in a Montessori school, children learn how to be the kinds of students that can thrive in traditional schools. Trust that your investment in Montessori continues when your child begins elementary school. Montessori education is an education for life.
5. Where do children attend after MSS?+
Graduates attend a variety of selective international, public, and Chinese schools. MSS children are known for their social and emotional resilience, independent work habits, and inner confidence, concentration. Students have learned to work independently, in groups, and alongside their teachers. They are socially conscientious of the feelings of others and demonstrate respect and courtesy to peers and adults. MSS students are openly welcomed by receiving schools.