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Mission and Values

Our Mission

Summit Montessori School is a community dedicated to developing respectful, self-motivated, life-long learners. Through a challenging, individualized, Montessori-based curriculum, children cultivate their strengths to reach their unique potential and to become active participants in the global community.

The Summit Montessori School community includes teachers, administrators, students, parents, alumni and friends of the school. This list of values helps define our community and guide our interactions and growth:

  • We are a respectful and inclusive community, embracing individuality with interest, excitement, and wonder.
  • Together, we build a close community that supports one another like a family. We cherish the many benefits that our small school offers.
  • We create a noble and dignified environment that honors our students and families. Our rich and beautifully prepared classrooms invite students to learn, explore, and feel at home.
  • We base our strong, experiential academic program on Montessori’s learner-centered philosophy. As a school community we seek out and explore new ideas, curriculum, and experiences.
  • We teach and practice peace and conflict resolution in our classrooms, work for peace in the world around us, and are mindful of our impact on the earth.
  • Above all, we know and value each individual, educating and nurturing the whole child with love and dignity.

A poem was written by the Lower Elementary First Years February 2013

We are young, working, learning children.
We learn math that’s right for us.
We hear teachers teaching lessons.
We see people doing lots of good work.
We want to concentrate and learn everything.
We are young, working, learning children.

We explore outdoors, our classroom, and our imaginations.
We feel proud, good, and excited.
We touch pencils, bead frames, stamp games, and work.
We think about other people and our work.
We wonder about new things we haven’t learned yet.
We are young, working, learning children.

We understand kindness.
We say please and thank you.
We dream about learning more than anyone else.
We try to finish our work and be the best we can.
We hope to be the people we hope to be.
We are young, working, learning children.

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