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While many people have heard of Anne Frank, best known for her poignant diaries published as “The Diary of Anne Frank”, few people know that she was a student of the first Montessori high school in Amsterdam.
More recent Montessori pupils., Larry Page and Sergei Brin, the founders of Google,, designed their famous Google offices using Montessori principles.
The Montessori College of Auckland (MCA) is the first Auckland secondary school based on Montessori principles. Teachers are guides, encouraging students to think independently and critically.
Students are actively engaged in the learning process. Students are encouraged to be self-starters and are not bound by rigid plans based on age alone. Students take on additional work in areas they have a particular interest or passion.
So what is Montessori philosophy? It is a philosophy that addresses all aspects of human growth – cognitive, physical, social, emotional and spiritual. Students in Montessori schools develop habits and skills of lifelong learning, says MCA founder Charlene Chan.
Montessori philosophy is based on three time Nobel Peace prize nominee Dr Maria Montessori’s work with children. Her individualised learning approach has stood the test of time for over a century.
The Montessori College of Auckland middle school and secondary programme uses the interdisciplinary, thematic and discovery approaches to learning.
Montessori College: Students work both in small groups and independently and are encouraged to be self-starters.