Touchstones & Core Values
MFS prepares children to thrive. Purposeful activity, multi-age classrooms, adult and peer role models, and an exceptional Montessori curriculum prepare the students to participate meaningfully and skillfully in an ever-changing world. Students leave MFS primed for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in high school, in college, and in life.
The classroom is a place of peace at MFS. Children express their innate sense of justice, equality, and goodness within the classroom community. Regular experiences of peaceful conflict resolution, freedom within limits, and social responsibility cultivate a value system our graduates carry out into the greater world to contribute to a more peaceful society.
The Montessori classroom is a loving community within which all members actively support one another while successfully pursuing their own development and interests. This sense of interconnectedness and responsibility is carried by alumni and families into the community at large. MFS is a community of students, teachers, administrators, board members, and parents who are focused on doing that which serves children best.
Respect. Of vital importance is respect for children and for one another. Each day we embody compassion and integrity--qualities essential to education for peace.
Asking What Serves Children. Our community exists to serve children; we continually ask how we may better serve each child.
Purposeful Work. We support children's efforts to improve their world through their own work. We honor the multiple ways children learn and innovate.
Autonomy and Collaboration. A collaborative community of autonomous individuals mirrors the interconnected nature of all things. We provide children with the first-hand experience that collaboration yields powerful results.
Learning and Teaching in Meaningful Contexts. We provide a dynamic environment to encourage personal growth, academic accomplishment, and intellectual curiosity.
Working Within the Framework of the Montessori Philosophy. As a Montessori school, we value a thoughtful and well-prepared learning environment that is both purposeful and peaceful.