Why Montessori 2018-03-05T16:46:04+00:00

Why Montessori at Arbor

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  • Do you want your child to develop a relationship with his teacher that is collaborative, strong and long-term?
  • Do you want your child’s innate curiosity, imagination and naturally inventive and exploratory instincts to bloom and flourish at her own pace?
  • Do you want an environment that acknowledges the differences in your child’s personality and rate of learning?
  • Do you want your child in a nurturing environment based on mutual respect, empowerment and self-reliance?
  • That is what your child will experience at Arbor Montessori School, the flagship of Montessori education in the Southeast.

A Montessori school is different from other schools. It’s not just that your child will learn all that she would in a traditional school plus a whole lot more.  It’s how she will learn and how she will feel about learning for the rest of her life that makes a Montessori education remarkable and unique.

“Many people struggle with change; they are reluctant to let go of the processes that they know and are comfortable with.  Montessori kids don’t see it as a struggle.  They see it as a freedom when they find something new to supersede what they have already learned and to think differently.”
Jale Parsons, Arbor Class or 2001, Savannah College of Art & Design Class of 2009
“A 2006 study of 112 students in a Montessori school and conventional public schools in Milwaukee found that the Montessori students performed significantly better on both cognitive and social measures….The young Montessori students interacted more positively on the playground and were more likely to deploy reasoning in social negotiations, often with appeals to abstract values such as justice and fairness.”
Christian Science Montitor, 2012
21st Century Education buzzwords – creativity and innovation; collaboration; critical thinking and problem-solving; and character – have been the foundation of Montessori education for over 100 years. Learn More.
What is the difference between Montessori and a traditional school? Why are there multi-age classrooms?  Why is there no homework? No grades? No tests? How does Arbor use technology? Find the answers to these questions and more. Learn more.
Montessori education is experiencing a renaissance in both the public and private school sectors.  Leading voices in education and the media have begun promoting the Montessori education as a tried and true solution to the current public education challenges. Find compelling news articles and objective reporting on the benefits of a Montessori education. Learn More.
Arbor Montessori is not only accredited by AMI, the internationally recognized standard of quality for Montessori schools, but by SAIS-SACS, which represents a school’s commitment to maintain only the highest principles and values, while speaking with its own voice and its own vision. Learn More.
Everything you need to know about applying to Arbor including information sessions and tours, tuition, financial aid, applications and forms. Learn More.
Transferring students and families find a welcoming and smooth transition to the Arbor community. Learn More.

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Invest 20 minutes of your time watching the following five videos to learn why Montessori is not only an amazing education for your child, but for every child the world over.

Montessori Madness

The difference between Montessori and tradition education.

Superwoman Was Already Here 

Why questions are more important than answers.

What is the Montessori Primary Program?

(Video credit: Zac Potterfield)


Toddler Program

Ages 18 months to 3 years

The Toddler Program, for children 18 months to 3 years, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Learn More


Primary Program

Ages 2 ½ to 6 Years

Children want to learn; they want to be independent; and they have an effortless ability to absorb knowledge from surroundings. Learn More


Elementary Program

Ages 6 to 12 Years

The elementary-age child no longer simply wants to know “What is that?” He now needs to know “Why?” and “How?”  He wants to understand the interconnectedness of the subjects he is learning. Learn More

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Adolescent Program (Middle School)

Ages 12 to 14 Years

In our adolescent program, adults and students function as a community of learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and support. Learn More