Arbor’s Montessori Community
A school is more than just teachers, classrooms, and curriculums. A school is also a home for our families. At Arbor, we have chosen to be a true Montessori community.
What does this mean for you and your child?
First, it means that all members of our community know and live our mission: To develop the full, unique potential of each and every child. This drives everything we do. All business, policies, design and decisions must serve this mission.
Second, it means that our parents and teachers benefit from the same Montessori principles of respect and collaboration that guide and govern the Arbor classroom.
Third, it means that we support our families in creating events, classes and groups to build community and relationships.
At Arbor we rely on time, talent, and financial support from our families and friends. You can become a PIC, serve on a Board Committee, sign up to help with the World Fair, bring your expertise to the auction—there are thousands of ways to help! For ideas, please contact the Director of Development and Parent Involvement.
Spring Fling and Auction
Fall Family Fun Night
Classroom Potlucks & Picnics
New Parent Evenings & Dessert Parties
Dads’ Night Out
Moms’ Night Out
Classes & Seminars
Curriculum coffees and evenings to provide parents with in-depth information about Montessori curriculum
Active Parenting classes
Classes for nannies and caregivers to ensure consist and easy transition from school to home
Discussion/support groups for children whose parents are divorced/divorcing
Classes for parents of children with ADHD
How Arbor is governed
Arbor Montessori’s head of school supervises and manages the daily operations of the school. The Arbor Board of Trustees delegates to the head of school the full responsibility of school management and implementation of the policies and directives of the Board of Trustees. The Board is not involved in the daily affairs of the school and is not a board of appeals. Board members refer parent questions or concerns to the head of school. Arbor’s volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for the preservation of the vision and mission of the School which is delineated in the Statement of Purpose and Fostering Values. The Boards’ primary responsibility is to maintain the integrity of the school’s Montessori educational vision through time and to ensure that the school remains viable to serve future generations. Fiscal integrity, present and future, that is aligned with the Statement of Purpose and Fostering Values, is integral to the responsibility of preserving the vision. Arbor’s Board is composed of parents and AMI staff who put aside personal issues to focus on our common mission; the school’s policies and decisions support this mission. In the conduct of official business, the Board acts and speaks only as a whole. Because Arbor Montessori School is an AMI school, with the Montessori philosophy as its guiding directive, there is a majority of AMI staff on the Board.
Standing Committees of the Board
The Arbor Board of Trustees directs the work of the board committees and accomplishes its work through these committees. Arbor Montessori encourages parents who are interested in the decision-making process to join a board committee. From the discussions, research and planning that take place at committee meetings, recommendations may be brought to the board for consideration.
- Committee on Trustees
- Health and Safety
- Parent Involvement
The standards of excellence for Arbor Montessori School are set by AMI
(Association Montessori Internationale). AMI was founded in 1929 by
Dr. Maria Montessori to further her life’s work in its original integrity and
completeness and to guide its development and application in the interests
of all children. AMI consultants visit AMI-recognized Montessori schools
every three years as part of the accreditation process. Adherence to
distinct philosophical and operational characteristics is necessary for a school
to meet the AMI recognition criteria.
The Pedagogical Committee (AMI teachers, the head of school, the business administrator
and the coordinators) contributes to decisions regarding pedagogy, programs,
and classrooms. Fundraising efforts, parent education, school activities,
and long range plans are reviewed by this group to be sure they are in
keeping with the Montessori philosophy and Arbor’s Mission Statement.