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Welcome to the Montessori School of Maui

The Montessori School of Maui, founded in 1978, began by serving just 8 students. Over the years the school has evolved to a lovely 9-acre campus serving over 260 students, from 18 months to the 8th grade.

The school employs a collaborative learning environment, based upon the time-honored principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori over 100 years ago, designed to stimulate each student's critical thinking skills, cultivate inquisitive minds and empower children to actively participate in the rapidly changing environment of the twenty first century.

The Montessori teaching methodology is uniquely based upon observation, peer learning, tactile learning materials and intrinsic motivation. Within each classroom, multiple grades or levels of students are combined, creating an environment whereby students serve as leaders for one-another. These elements all come together to create a truly distinctive and remarkable approach to education.


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  • Montessori IMO Project

    Seven students from the Montessori School of Maui ranging from 6th-8th grade participated in a scientific study exploring the effects of indigenous micro-organisms (IMO) and Korean Natural Farming practices on Hawaiian garden soil.  Click to view the article on Watch a video our students made to document the project. read more >


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