THE NEXT STEPS TO A MONTESSORI EDUCATION
Open house event welcomes families to discover school’s effective approach
As a progressive elementary school, “Lakeview Montessori School is on the cusp of the future of education,” says Professor Maureen Harris, Head of School at 13797 Riverside Dr. E. in Tecumseh. As the only accredited Montessori in Windsor-Essex County that offers seamless education from pre-kindergarten to grade 8, Lakeview enables children to continue learning the Montessori way until high school.
“At this time of the year, local Montessori families with children currently in preschool decide whether to continue with Montessori or change direction. Lakeview has a complete elementary school, giving families a choice,” Harris says.
With its 1:12 teacher to student ratio in the elementary classes, Lakeview ensures young people have all the support they need to learn and flourish. “We recognize that children are the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. They require pioneers in education today who will engage their natural curiosity and encourage independent and constructive thinking, all in a safe and supportive environment,” Harris says.
The numbers prove Lakeview students consistently rate above the national average in standardized testing and 100 percent of graduating students who apply to the International Baccalaureate Programmes and enriched programming in high schools have been accepted. “Research indicates the skill set needed for today and beyond is creativity. The faculty at Lakeview also includes qualified musicians, artists, photographers and performers. These professionals use teaching methods that encourage creativity and build on each student’s individual style of learning,” Harris notes. “Parents are delighted to see their kids excited about coming to school and eager to discover new things. Our students become the out-of-the-box thinkers our changing world requires.” Lakeview students gain proficiency and confidence in using technology through the assistance of their tech-minded teachers. Kids begin to learn coding in preschool. “We also start teaching our toddlers French, Mandarin, history, geography and other subjects that other schools typically don’t introduce till much later,” Harris says. Giving children hands-on opportunities to continually broaden their minds, Lakeview has students investing in the stock market and building robots. Harris remarks, “It’s wonderful to see their creative young brains in action.”
Ensuring Lakeview remains true to 21st century demands, it has now been recognized with accreditation by the Canadian Accreditation of Independent Schools and the Canadian Council for Montessori Administrators. Harris points out, “Ours is the only school this end of Ontario with both national accreditations.” Marking its fortieth year as a local educator, Lakeview has evolved from a private two-room school to a modern school with non-profit charitable status. “Students’ tuition is reinvested in their education,” Harris says.
The large expansion of Lakeview’s modern facility is well underway. In addition to the new infant and toddler spaces, a new multipurpose facility will accommodate athletics, music, art, robotics, a wellness centre, healing garden and other programs for students. “We’re finally able to make this dream come true,” says Harris. Encouraging families to experience the school firsthand, Lakeview is opening its doors to the public from noon to 2 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 13. “Everyone in the community is invited to our open house. Take a tour of our existing facility and see the plans for our new addition,” Harris says. Kids can enjoy activities while their parents learn about the new and exciting programs provided. “We are now accepting applicants to join our waiting list for the next school year,” Harris says. Private tours may also be arranged on other dates by contacting the school at 519-735-5005 or [email protected]viewmontessori.ca. Families can conveniently obtain further information, take a mini tour, apply for admission and discover more online at www.lakeviewmontessori.ca. Harris says, “Make the choice now to become part of the Lakeview family!”