When MAP students and staff describe our culture of community, they use words like "open," "welcoming," "respectful," "inclusive," and "kind." We value the safety of ideas, opinions, and individuality.
Many times each day our learning space is embellished by the sound of a playful piano duet or the smell of cookies wafting from our open-concept kitchen, while a joyfully boisterous game of cards brings out laughter in the lounge.
While this culture may feel organic, it is thoughtfully nurtured in a variety of ways, including our twice-daily Community Meetings; weekly student-led Council Meetings; restorative approach to conflict resolution; birthday compliment circles; mixed-age curriculum; group advisory lessons on Grace & Courtesy; full-community trips; and more.
But, above all it is the education of adolescents that is important, because adolescence is the time when the child enters on the state of manhood and becomes a member of society.
Dr. maria montessori