Is North Shore Montessori School new?
Yes! We opened in the summer of 2013 and completed our first full school year in June 2014. Although we are a new school, we employ seasoned Montessori professionals with many years of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) experience.
What makes North Shore Montessori School different?
First, we are a member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), which means we follow the high standards for Montessori education set by Dr. Maria Montessori who founded AMI. Additionally, we are dedicated to best practices in child development which is why we have a natural outdoor playscape, fully integrated Spanish language in all of our classrooms, and highly trained professionals.
What does it mean to be an AMI-recognized Montessori School?
To be recognized by AMI, schools must have all AMI-certified teachers, mixed age classrooms, (typically ages 3-6, 6-9, etc.), class sizes of 24-35, and the full spectrum of Montessori materials in use in the classroom. Children also must have 3 hours per morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon of uninterrupted work time. Every three years AMI schools are required to have an AMI trainer visit the school for a complete consultation.
Being a new school, we have taken the necessary time to acquire all of the Montessori materials and will be seeking AMI recognition this year. Additionally, we are ready to certify our elementary program which will make us the first and only AMI-recognized elementary program in southeastern Wisconsin, and only 1 of 2 in the state.
What are some of your other values?
Development of the whole child is taken seriously at North Shore Montessori School. Adults model behaviors that are emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy. This includes eating healthy, nutritious foods, spending time in the outdoors, and being polite and courteous at all times. We show respect to each other and the children, their parents, caregivers, and guests to our school.
What is important in a school's physical environment?
Dr. Montessori believed the physical environment is very important. It should be beautiful, clean, well ventilated, and have plenty of windows for natural sunlight. Our space has been praised for being the warmest, most inviting school in the Milwaukee area. We are glad to hear it, because that's what we were aiming for.
Did I see you marching in the 4th of July Parade in Whitefish Bay?
Yes, for the past few years parents, children, and teachers have marched in the Whitefish Bay parade. After participating our first year the children requested that we continue it. They had so much fun. You are welcome to join us too! We love community involvement!