This section is to answer some of the most asked questions about the Montessori education.
*Note that these answers are often found on various Montessori websites*
Where (which schools) can students who complete the elementary program transfer to?
Students who complete our program at age 11 or 12 (5th or 6th grade) can continue their middle and high school education at Ibero American High School located in San Nicolas, International School of Aruba or Commandeur’s Bay Academy if families (parents and students) choose to continue with an accredited American School system. If families (parents and students) choose to continue with the Dutch System we ask to be informed as soon as they enter grade 5 at Nos Fortalesa. Choices of continuing with the Dutch system are EPB, MAVO or HAVO. Our students are able to take the “Doorstroomtoests” if that is desired.
How will my child adjust to traditional school after being in Montessori school?
The truth of the matter is that everyone’s life involves change. And this is actually a good thing, so long as you are equipped with the necessary coping tools and skills. Teaching our children to adjust to change without undue fear and anxiety is one of life’s important lessons…for all children. But here’s the bonus for Montessori students: the Montessori Method is all about developing such coping tools through building confidence, independence, and problem solving skills. As a result, most Montessori students are actually more adaptable than their non-Montessori peers.
Study Shows Improved Test Scores for Students in Montessori Schools–“New research suggests that children who attend Montessori schools may have an edge over other children in terms of both academic and social development.”
Evaluating Montessori Education–“…when strictly implemented, Montessori education fosters social and academic skills that are equal or superior to those fostered by a pool of other types of schools.”
Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program–“In essence, attending a Montessori program from the approximate age of three to eleven predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.”
When it comes to social transitions, again the Montessori students have an edge. Children in Montessori classrooms have learned principles such as courtesy, respect, positive decision-making, conflict resolution, and more. These skills serve them well as they adjust to new schools and meet new people.
- Listen to your children’s ideas for how to fix problems.
- Be open to a style that is not your own. In other words, your children might handle change differently.
- Make a point to meet your children’s new teachers. Attend “back to school nights,” etc.