JOHN MCLENDON – The Unmatched Benefits of a Montessori Education – Port Arthur News
According to Montessori for Today, the average cost of a Montessori education ranges from $12,000 to $15,000.00 per year.
Such costs are necessary to cover the training a teacher needs to be considered Montessori certified, and the materials students will need to be able to work in the classroom. A value cannot be placed on an excellent education, however, and research shows that the Montessori method, which emphasizes hands-on, focused learning motivated by limited choice, mixed age groups, and learning plans individualized lessons for all students, gives results.
According to Angeline Lillard, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia and author of Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius, a study in Milwaukee found that “children who attended Milwaukee Montessori public schools, kindergarten through fifth grade, scored significantly higher on standardized tests (ACT and WKCE) in math and science [in high school] than matched controls.
Given that the results of the Milwaukee study were published in the early 2000s, one might wonder why more public schools have not adopted the Montessori method.
The high costs of teacher training and materials have made it difficult for the Montessori method to penetrate more traditional public schools; however, that doesn’t mean there aren’t great public programs available in our area.
At Bob Hope School, our CEO, Dr. Bobby Lopez, has always believed in parental choices. He understood that many of our parents couldn’t afford to pay tuition of $12,000 to $15,000.00 per year, but he wanted to make sure they had access to the benefits of a Montessori education. , and thus Bob Hope Elementary – Port Arthur opened in 2016.
It offers all students in PK-3 – 2nd grade a Montessori education. This Montessori education is free for parents, and we are open for registration.
Our students then progress to grades 3, 4, and 5, which are influenced by Montessori, and where we have seen them excel in the state of Texas assessments of academic readiness.
We then opened Bob Hope – Beaumont School in 2018 with the same model, providing free Montessori education to elementary grades PK-3 – 2e.
With the replication of our model, we are convinced that Montessori establishes a solid foundation for our students to learn to think critically from an early age.
Being able to think critically in a rapidly changing world is necessary for students to ultimately succeed.
Additionally, by developing independent thinkers, our students learn courage and perseverance, which are necessary characteristics to overcome the challenges they may face.
Thanks to this foundation, we know that our students will excel in middle school and high school. It is here in particular that we expect our students to demonstrate their ability to think independently and rigorously, as they have the opportunity to take more advanced leadership courses and participate in leadership retreats.
As we continue to grow our future graduates from our elementary campuses, we have no doubt that they will succeed.
As our CEO likes to say, we transform communities, but for that transformation to happen, we have to start when the kids are very young.
Maria Montessori agreed with this, stating: “The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first, the period from birth to the age of six.”
John McLendon is the elementary campus director for Bob Hope School. He can be contacted at [email protected]