The Montessori School of Ojai philosophy is drawn from the vision of Maria Montessori, who believed that the environment which encourages the fullest development of student potential is one that affords the opportunity to explore intellectual as well as creative abilities. We believe in working together in a spirit of cooperation, seeking to cultivate and express that which is excellent in each child. Intellectual curiosity and a spirit of inquiry are the activating factors in the educational process. Participation in school community builds caring and responsible individuals, promoting lives of integrity, awareness, and purpose. Our school embraces the belief that life can be lived in its fullest sense through lifelong efforts toward personal development and growth.
To these ends, Montessori School of Ojai students should be provided the necessary skills that will enable them to approach life with a sense of inquiry and purpose. The Montessori School of Ojai education will:
Prepare students for lifelong learning.
Provide strong academics enhanced with music, art, physical education, language, garden and science.
Promote compassion, understanding, respect, and responsibility toward others.
Offer a structured environment enabling success and good leadership skills.
Promote the fullest expression of one’s talents.
Challenge and support each student.
Foster a sense of appreciation for the worldviews, arts, and histories of diverse cultures.
Teach the skills of self-learning, sound thinking, effective reading, clear writing, and objective inquiry.
Promote altruism, ethical reflection, independent thought, and creative expression.
Foster appreciation for the independence of all species and a spirit of responsibility and reciprocity toward our earth community.