Open house event wel­comes fam­i­lies to dis­cover school’s ef­fec­tive ap­proach

Windsor Star - - YOU - BY KAREN PA­TON-EVANS

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]­view­montes­ Fam­i­lies can con­ve­niently ob­tain fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, take a mini tour, ap­ply for ad­mis­sion and dis­cover more on­line at www.lake­view­montes­ Har­ris says, “Make the choice now to be­come part of the Lake­view fam­ily!”



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