Montessori education follows children through the Four Planes (phases) of Development.
Dr Maria Montessori identified four key stages of an individual’s social, emotional and intellectual development from birth to 24 years of age.
Throughout each Stage, each individual has different characteristics, needs, sensitivities, strengths and potentials for independent learning.
The structure and content of the lessons are also specifically designed to engage the children at their unique stage of development. In this way, a Montessori classroom (also known as the prepared environment) not only supports the intellectual potentials of each child, but also their social and emotional growth, during each phase of their development.
Montessori Education can take place in three classroom settings:
- Infant Community (0-3 years)
- Stage 1: Pre-primary Education (3-6 years), also known as the Casa or Children’s House
- Stage 2 and Stage 3: Primary Education (6-9 years and 9-12 years).
Transition to High School
At the end of primary school, Montessori graduates transition to a range of different high schools including private, public and selective. In their final year of primary, the children are prepared for the changes and expectations that lie ahead of them. Montessori students have been responsible for organising themselves throughout their school life. They have an intrinsic desire to engage in their work and learn without being told to do so. Montessori graduates have strong leadership skills and a capacity to work with others in a collaborative manner. The high level of independence learned through Montessori educations greatly supports the children’s transition into the High School learning environment.