MIR offers an authentic Montessori education based on the principles and practices of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the organization founded by Dr. Montessori to continue her work. We are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six regional accrediting agencies in the United States.
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In addition to academic work, MIR gives equal weight to the cognitive and social/emotional skills your child will need to be successful as adults.
Montessori education emphasizes self-discipline and intrinsic motivation to learn. Social and emotional learning is reported on MIR’s progress reports through the entire spectrum along with physical and academic growth. Students who need extra support in these areas benefit from working with our on-site Student Services team in group and individual settings.
Social and emotional readiness, rather than age, is the most important factor in determining when a student is ready to move to the next academic program at MIR. In our experience of more than 40 years, students who are moved too early struggle significantly socially. This impacts the quality of their lives and the quality of their academics. For this reason, students “move up” when they have the appropriate level of maturity for the next level.
Children leave Montessori schools with a high degree of executive functioning skills. MIR students who need assistance outside the classroom to develop these skills benefit from working with our on-site Student Services team.
This video from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child discusses the importance of executive functioning skills. Many of the classrooms featured in the video are Montessori classrooms.
A Montessori education cannot be conveyed by words, photos, and videos alone. You are invited to submit an Inquiry Form to schedule an observation to see our campus, classrooms, and students at work.