Maria Montessori’s revolutionary educational method was developed in Italy in 1907, and its innovative and effective approach to learning is still applauded worldwide. The Montessori method recognizes the limitations of traditional classrooms in meeting the diverse needs of students. Instead, it embraces a tailored learning approach that helps children reach their full potential – at their own pace.
The Element’s curriculum is built on the Montessori approach and responds to the unique needs of adolescents. Instead of relying on textbooks and exams, it incorporates academic principles with real-life experiences that foster critical thinking, hands-on learning and creative problem-solving. By empowering students with the freedom to navigate their own academic journey, they cultivate a sense of responsibility, individuality and belonging.
The Element High School programs remain authentic to the Montessori approach in our practices by:
Maintaining a spirit of mutual understanding, compassion, and respect for all individuals in our community
Consistently providing students with opportunities for freedom of choice within their work
Providing students with opportunities to engage in our local community through purposeful work and study
Recognizing the developmental needs of the adolescent and offering opportunities that foster healthy development
The Element High School approach embodies Montessori ideas by nurturing individuality, encouraging community integration, and cultivating independent thinking. The success of our students is a shining example of the benefits of a progressive approach to learning.