Mission & Philosophy
The Montessori Method of education is named after Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Maria Montessori was a physician, scientist and educator, as well as the first woman to receive a medical degree in Italy. Dr. Montessori devoted her life to the education and development of children and was honored and respected throughout the world.
Montessori is an educational approach that frees the child's potential for self-development. It guides each child according to individual capacity and need; permitting self-development at a natural pace.
A Montessori school is more than a classroom with different materials. In order to understand how it is different, we must expand our thinking to include more than just the basics. A Montessori classroom represents a social and emotional environment where children are respected and empowered as individual human beings and learn to be contributing members of society. Oak Farm is an extended family and a community of students who take care of one another with respect. No other educational environment is as well equipped to see each student as an individual and to build the skills each student will need to take his or her place in our global community.