Founded in 1972 by Executive Director John Page, Meher Montessori School is an AMI accredited Montessori school serving children from 2 1/2-14 years of age, including our new Middle School at the Monterey Park campus. It has two locations. One is located in Monterey Park. The other location is in Altadena. Both are adjacent to Los Angeles. The AMI accreditation is of special significance because of the many thousands of schools in the United States that call themselves "Montessori" only a small percentage are formally recognized by AMI. Only a few meet AMI's rigorous standards. What is AMI? AMI is Association Montessori Internationale, an organization founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori, to train teachers in the Montessori Method and accredit schools. Dr. Montessori founded AMI to preserve the authenticity and integrity of her Method. All of our teachers hold the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) diploma in addition to their undergraduate degrees.
ELEMENTARY CHILDREN AT MEHER MONTESSORI
PRIMARY CHILDREN AT MEHER MONTESSORI
Young children who attend our AMI accredited schools can learn many academic subjects with ease and joy. The Montessori materials offer the children experiences with phonics, geography, the decimal system, addition, subtraction, geometry, botany, reading, writing, art and other subjects. Because of these excellent academic opportunities children are usually at traditional first or second grade level when they leave our Primary classrooms and enter our Elementary program.Our annual achievement tests reveal that children in our elementary program usually test well above the national average and greatly exceed the local average.
Children of mixed ages (2 1/2 - 6+) are in each classroom. Each child is free to learn at his own level, pace and degree of interest. Younger and older children learn from each other. Each one is both a student and a teacher.The Montessori materials themselves are actually the teachers in the classroom. Each has a specific skill to develop, quality to demonstrate or fact to reveal. The children are very active learners in such a strong and exciting learning atmosphere.
The elementary program continues the development of the child through age 12. The child will now use his basic reading and writing skills to research and explore all areas of Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, and will greatly expand his study of Mathematics.
All children in the Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classes at the Monterey Park school receive computer instruction and training on our many classroom computers. Both classes have an extensive library of computer software.
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