We offer a distinctive learning environment, based upon the time-honored principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, designed to stimulate critical thinking skills, cultivate inquisitive minds, develop leadership skills and instill a love of learning, all while delivering an outstanding academic education.
(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)
Primary - 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
Toddler Program – (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
The Toddler Program assists children in developing self-control and self-confidence through communication and real life activities. In a safe and caring environment, young children are encouraged to explore and challenge themselves as they develop into independent human beings.
Primary Program – (Ages 3 years through 6 years)
Primary children love to work in a community of independent learners. A wide range of activities engage the children at all levels of ability and maturity, and make possible the Montessori goals of individualized work, timely progress, independence and social awareness.
Elementary Program – (Ages 6 years through 12 years, Grades 1 through 6)
Elementary students thrive on learning with and from each other. This collaborative learning environment emphasizes the interactive process that achieves both academic success and social competence. Students develop the ability to work cooperatively in reaching a goal, contribute ideas, listen to others, and respect individual differences.
Middle School Program – (Ages 12 years through 14 years, Grades 7 and 8)
The Middle School’s curriculum and instructional design are developed so that within the island environment, each student is exposed to and well versed in knowledge and skills common to pre-collegiate curriculum. When students graduate from the Montessori Middle School, they will find themselves well prepared for their high school years.
- To strive for excellence with our students by following the principles, spirit and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori’s method of education.
- To create a learning environment that seeks out people, knowledge and experiences that will bring the world within reach of our students.
- To offer opportunities that nurture and promote creativity and professional development of our faculty and staff in fulfilling the school’s mission.
- To take a leadership role in the ongoing educational evolution of our society by being a resource for the community.
- To provide a facility where a diversity of cultural experiences can be shared with community.
Philosophy of Education
The Montessori School of Maui's philosophy respects and embraces the natural world and the panorama of cultures, knowledge and arts. It respects both the individual and the community while providing a well-rounded education emphasizing: intellectual, social, cultural, physical, creative, and moral development. We are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. With the close guidance of Montessori trained teachers, a child attending our school will be exposed to this method, which promotes the development of the whole child, facilitates the growth of inner discipline and cultivates the child’s own natural joy of learning.
The Montessori education method was developed in the early part of the 20th century by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator. From observations made while working with young children, she developed a method that revolutionized teaching concepts and brought to the classroom a sense of joy and accomplishment. The aim is to enable the child to function in the environment independently; the underlying principle is one of freedom within established limits, which permits the child to gain self-esteem and self-reliance.
Montessori takes advantage of each child’s unique sensitivities and offers exercises in language, development, sensor motor development, reading, mathematics, physical and natural sciences, geography and cultural studies, music, art, drama and body movement. These are augmented by activities in practical life which help the child develop large and small muscle coordination, cooking, gardening, woodworking and creative writing. The materials are designed to help children progress at their own rate. Children develop at their own pace in a trusting atmosphere with the close guidance of the teachers. In this environment, education comes through spontaneous exercise of the child’s own faculties. Education, according to Maria Montessori, integrates the application of life skills with academics and is not merely a search for intellectual skills.
The Montessori School of Maui is a non-profit organization. We are a non-denomination, co-educational school enrolling and providing education to children without regard to gender, race, nationality, ethnic origin or religious beliefs.