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New Horizons Montessori School educates children from 18 months through 6th grade. Our program is rooted in the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and faithful to her method. In our caring environment, sustained by freedom and peace New Horizons educates children for life by awakening their intellects, nourishing their spirits and developing their independence.
Mission New Horizons Montessori School educates children from 18 months through 6th grade. Our program is rooted in the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori and faithful to her method. In our caring environment, sustained by freedom and peace New Horizons educates children for life by awakening their intellects, nourishing their spirits and developing their independence. Philosophy The Montessori method of education is practiced in nearly 5,000 public and private schools in the United States and 35,000 schools worldwide. This philosophy of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori who was born in Italy in 1870, and became one of Italy's first female physicians. Trained as a scientist, Maria Montessori developed her method of education by observing children as they worked and learned in a carefully prepared environment. She discovered that children learn best through investigation and discovery, and that there are windows of opportunity in children's lives when they are able to learn certain things more easily than at any other time in their development. A Montessori education presents children with the right lessons at the right times. The seeds of this method of education fall on the fertile ground of developmental readiness where they can grow and blossom into knowledge. Children at New Horizons are in classes of 18 months-3 years, 3-6 years, and 9-12 years old. Caring communities are fostered by these mixed age groupings where children experience mentoring and being mentored by their peers. Children and their families build trusting relationships with guides or teachers they will have for three years. Three year groupings allow for a wider choice of academic activities and social relationships. Our meticulously prepared classrooms contain Montessori materials which are hands-on materials the children can choose and learn from independently. They are manipulated by the students to illustrate concepts such as width, length, and quantity, as well as to give algebra and square root concrete form. These materials are elegant and beautiful. New Horizons Montessori School is true to the joyful practice of the Montessori method. Children explore, learn, and perfect themselves as they choose activities which allow them to develop concentration, self discipline, and the expectation that they will experience success and satisfaction in their work. Vision New Horizons Montessori School's vision is to be fervently Montessori by placing the philosophy of Dr. Montessori at the heart of all we do. We envision an ideal school which: Fosters a community shaped by beliefs in Montessori values and a quest for a peaceful world. Is open to and supportive of all families who want to commit to the Montessori philosophy. Promotes the Montessori philosophy and method in the school community, the community around us, and the professional education community. Enables our children to reach their full potential as independent persons, with a global perspective for bettering the earth and its community. Embraces innovation and advancements commensurate with Montessori philosophy. Challenges parents and staff to "follow the child" in a compassionate, noncompetitive way, and have faith that each child's individual development will delight us. Creates a culture of mutual respect, compassion, and goodwill, and inspires a commitment to personal integrity and excellence. History New Horizons Montessori School was founded in 1970 by a group of parents determined to provide a quality Montessori education for their children through the sixth grade. At that time, there were no existing Montessori schools in Philadelphia or Montgomery County that extended to the Upper Elementary grades. To keep costs down, they decided it would be a parent-run school, and NHMS continued to be administered by a parent Board until 1985, when a Montessori-trained administrator joined the staff to take over day-to-day operations. When the school opened in September 1970, eighty students were enrolled in the two Children's House and two Lower Elementary classes for grades one to three. One grade was added each year as the children became older, until six grades were achieved. New Horizons is still one of only a few Montessori Schools in the Philadelphia area with an Upper Elementary program. In 1976, the school began offering the Extended Hours Program, and a Toddler Class was added in 1990 for children from 18 months to three years. Today, NHMS consists of one Toddler, three Children's House, two Lower Elementary and two Upper Elementary classes, as well as a before and after school Extended Hours Program. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a professional administration. More than 100 families and 140 children take part in our school community.
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