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Montessori. Means so much more than preschool.
Maria Montessori Warhol

Everyone knows Montessori from the thousands of preschools bearing the name worldwide. Not as many know Montessori as an innovator in primary and secondary education. That's changing.

In fact, a 2011 article in The Wall Street Journal suggests that a Montessori education “might be the surest route to joining the creative elite, which are so overrepresented by the school’s alumni that one might suspect a Montessori Mafia: Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, videogame pioneer Will Wright, and Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, not to mention Julia Child and rapper Sean “P.Diddy” Combs.” 

What is it about the Montessori approach that fosters radical leadership and vision? A model of learning that places children at the center of their educational universe and teaches them how to navigate that world. By pushing them to evolve into experts. By helping them rehearse how to take charge in the real world.

"When it comes to producing creative business leaders, a Montessori education has proven to be a potent predictor of future success."

- Glen Rifkin, Korn/Ferry International