Dear Families and Friends,
Thank you for your interest in Pleasant Ridge Montessori School. PRM is proud to have created a peaceful, collaborative and diverse school community that is focused on authentic student learning. I am honored to serve as the Principal at Pleasant Ridge Montessori, in a school community that is truly special and unique.
The PRM staff works diligently to offer every neighborhood child a quality Montessori education, collaborating with community partners in a peaceful and environmentally-conscious setting. Our school community recognizes the importance of understanding the whole child, and our teachers work to identify each child’s specific needs and strengths. Each classroom teacher works with an Instructional Para-professional to structure learning opportunities that enable the children to reach their highest potential.
Students at PRM benefit from the instruction of highly qualified teachers, and well-trained support staff. A rigorous Montessori curriculum aligned with state standards in all academic, physical and performing/visual arts areas, brings out the individual gifts of each student. We believe in the development the whole child and their own specific talents; consequently, we strive to create a culturally competent school culture that supports the learning of each and every child.
For example, children have the opportunity to participate in lessons aligned with state standards in our garden and nature playscape, to participate in field experiences in our community, and to engage in school-wide projects throughout the school year. Beginning in our ages 3-6 classrooms, students are held to a high set of expectations and engaged in various educational tasks tailored to each child’s specific needs. As students continue their educational experience in the 6-9 and 9-12 classrooms, children develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills that enable them to continue on to successful secondary school experiences.
At PRM, we believe that family and community engagement help to make a truly successful school. Our school community supports one another through a variety of school events, family activities and fundraisers. PRM is a Community Learning Center, and our partners provide a variety of co-curricular and afterschool programming for families.
In this era of accountability measures, the Olympic Games offer a multitude of lessons about global community and peace. Pierre De Coubertin, the founder of the modern day Olympics, explained that the Olympic spirit seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example, and the respect for universal fundamental ethical principles. With these principles in mind, our entire school community will focus on developing culturally competent strategies focused on high expectations that allow each child to do their very best. To help us celebrate this focus and to encourage both school-wide and classroom community building, our Olympic-based theme for the 2016-2017 school year will be to “Go for Gold!”
We hope that you will consider joining our school community, and see why we truly believe that Pleasant Ridge Montessori is a special place. If you have any questions, please let me know.
Principal Jenny Mauch