Applications are being accepted for expanded Montessori classes at Beaufort Elementary School, which plans to double the size of its program for 2012-13 due to high interest from parents.
“Our first year has been phenomenal in terms of meeting students’ needs and encouraging them to stretch toward their potential,” said Principal Jennifer Morillo. “Because there was more interest from parents than we could accommodate this year and a number of students were wait-listed, we’re expanding from one class of first- through third-graders to two classes. That means we can offer Montessori to about 25 additional students next year.”
Beaufort Elementary plans to add a fourth- and fifth-grade component for the 2013-14 year so that parents whose first- through third-graders are in Montessori can complete their elementary grades using that instructional option.
The Montessori Method, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2007, was created by Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori. It is a hands-on “discovery approach” to learning where classes are multi-aged and students work at their own pace, often independently. Montessori teachers are specially trained facilitators who guide students to explore their world and think creatively.
Beaufort is one of 21 South Carolina districts that offer a public school Montessori option. About 5,000 students are enrolled in these programs statewide.
Interested parents and students can see Montessori in action at Beaufort Elementary by contacting office manager Inda Walker, who can arrange a visit (322-2600).
Any Beaufort County student can apply to the Montessori program at Beaufort Elementary. Interested students must complete the Montessori application posted on the district’s website or pick up a form at Beaufort Elementary. Completed applications must be submitted to the school by March 16, 2012. If the student is accepted into the Montessori program, a district Student Choice Option Transfer Request Form will be provided.
Here is a link to Beaufort Elementary’s Montessori application: http://www.beaufort.k12.sc.us/userfiles/file/Montessori%20Application.pdf