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The Montessori method combines a rigorous educational foundation with opportunities for students to learn at their own pace and to follow their own interests within a framework of order.  Not only do we prepare students for a life of learning, Montessori East provides students with skills that will help them to develop into independent, reflective and ethical adults.

The school works both with parents and staff in forming a supportive community where learning becomes a joyful endeavour rather than an obligation.  

The students at Montessori East are drawn from a wide range of cultural, religious and social backgrounds.  We celebrate this rich diversity in all areas of the curriculum and encourage an understanding of our common heritage as well as cultural difference.

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Teachers

Our teachers are fully qualified Montessori teachers, with additional teaching qualifications from mainstream university systems.

Curriculum

Our rich and comprehensive curriculum is based on the highest standard Montessori programme recognised internationally; it is also linked to all outcomes from the NSW Board of Studies syllabus.  Besides the core curriculum offered through individualised programmes, students are treated to a variety of other activities such as swimming, surfing, Playball, dance, drama, yoga, camping experiences, and foreign language. 

Classroom 

The unique Montessori classrooms are divided into multi-age environments of 3 to 6 year olds, 6 to 9 years and 9 to 12 years.  The design fosters positive role modelling and supports all children in their journey to independence.

The classroom environment and specific Montessori learning materials support each child to meet their individual developmental needs for academic growth, self confidence and independent thinking and learning. The Montessori approach develops independent study habits, leadership skills, creative thinking, and a lifelong love of learning.

Mixed age classrooms : “Three Year Cycles”

The three-year developmental cycle is at the very heart of the Montessori educational experience.  The curriculum, teaching, classroom design, student mix, progress and assessment all revolve around it.  In our terminology we call each three year age grouping a ‘Cycle’

The three year age grouping of the Montessori environment allows the older children to act as role models for the younger children.  They instruct younger children, reviewing concepts themselves in the process.  Leadership, patience and confidence are reinforced.  Younger children learn to seek the help and assistance those more experienced than themselves.  Through observation of the older children, the students learn and model behaviour.

The Under 3 programs are for parents and children from 0-3 years. The groups meet each week to learn about the child’s growing and changing needs and to observe the amazing inbuilt capability of each child. It’s a beautiful, orderly environment where they can learn and explore until their heart is content. Children aged 3-6 years join the Pre-primary community or Cycle 1

The primary classroom is vibrant in activity and children are likely to work in small groups. Following on from their experience in pre-primary, the primary children in Cycle 2 continue to use Montessori materials to develop their academic skills and knowledge. The materials now help them to move from concrete concepts to the abstract.

The final stage of primary school. The 9-12 year olds in Cycle 3 are working more fully in the abstract but still using concrete materials to aid understanding at a deeper level. The final year in Cycle 3 brings an increasing emphasis on preparation for high school.