Montessori School of Maui
2933 Baldwin Ave
Makawao, Hi 96768
Preschool (18 months) – Grade 8
We proudly serve young people 18 months through the 8th grade and provide each student with the academic and social foundation needed for future success.
Come discover the many benefits of a Montessori School of Maui education. The Montessori teaching methodology is uniquely based upon observation, peer learning, tactile learning materials and intrinsic motivation, and provides a collaborative learning environment that stimulates critical thinking skills, cultivates inquisitive minds and decision-making and supports the development of each child’s unique potential.
What sets the Montessori School of Maui apart?
The Montessori School of Maui, founded in 1978, provides a comprehensive curriculum for young people from 18 months through 8th grade that employs a collaborative learning environment to stimulate each student’s critical thinking skills, cultivate inquisitive minds and empower children to actively participate in the rapidly changing environment of the twenty-first century. The Montessori teaching methodology is uniquely based upon observation, peer learning, the use of tactile learning materials and the development of intrinsic motivation.
For over 40 years, the school has been a leader in the integration of sustainable practices, green building and the assimilation of natural sciences into an engaging Montessori curriculum that develops tomorrow’s learners, thinkers, and leaders.
Innovation in Curriculum
• Future trends in education are already manifest in a Montessori curriculum
• Child-centered learning
• Mixed age groups
• High quality faculty
• Secure learning environment
• Design for the complete indoor/outdoor learning environment
• Environmentally friendly classroom buildings constructed with healthy building materials and bio-climatic design for energy efficiency
Montessori School of Maui’s philosophy respects and embraces the natural world and the panorama of cultures, knowledge, and arts. It respects both the individual and the community while providing a well-rounded education emphasizing: intellectual, social, cultural, physical, creative, and moral development. We are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. With the close guidance of Montessori-trained teachers, a child attending our school will experience this method, which promotes the development of the whole child, facilitates the growth of inner discipline, and cultivates the child’s own natural joy of learning.
Mission Statement and Purpose
The Montessori School of Maui proudly engages in growing global citizens
The Montessori School of Maui Promotes
A love of learning
Environmental awareness and responsibility
Individual accountability within a social framework
Toddler Program – (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
The Toddler Program assists children in developing self-control and self-confidence through communication and real life activities. In a safe and caring environment, young children are encouraged to explore and challenge themselves as they develop into independent human beings.
Primary Program – (Ages 3 years through 6 years)
Primary children love to work in a community of independent learners. A wide range of activities engage the children at all levels of ability and maturity, and make possible the Montessori goals of individualized work, timely progress, independence and social awareness.
Elementary Program – (Ages 6 years through 12 years, Grades 1 through 6)
Elementary students thrive on learning with and from each other. This collaborative learning environment emphasizes the interactive process that achieves both academic success and social competence. Students develop the ability to work cooperatively in reaching a goal, contribute ideas, listen to others, and respect individual differences.
Middle School Program – (Ages 12 years through 14 years, Grades 7 and 8)
The Middle School’s curriculum and instructional design are developed so that within the island environment, each student is exposed to and well versed in knowledge and skills common to pre-collegiate curriculum. When students graduate from the Montessori Middle School, they will find themselves well prepared for their high school years.
- To strive for excellence with our students by following the principles, spirit and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori’s method of education.
- To create a learning environment that seeks out people, knowledge and experiences that will bring the world within reach of our students.
- To offer opportunities that nurture and promote creativity and professional development of our faculty and staff in fulfilling the school’s mission.
- To take a leadership role in the ongoing educational evolution of our society by being a resource for the community.
- To provide a facility where a diversity of cultural experiences can be shared with community.
Philosophy of Education
The Montessori School of Maui’s philosophy respects and embraces the natural world and the panorama of cultures, knowledge, and arts. It respects both the individual and the community while providing a well-rounded education emphasizing: intellectual, social, cultural, physical, creative, and moral development. We are dedicated to the Montessori philosophy and method of education. With the close guidance of Montessori trained teachers, a child attending our school will be exposed to this method, which promotes the development of the whole child, facilitates the growth of inner discipline and cultivates the child’s own natural joy of learning.
The Montessori education method was developed in the early part of the 20th century by Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, and educator. From observations made while working with young children, she developed a method that revolutionized teaching concepts and brought to the classroom a sense of joy and accomplishment. The aim is to enable the child to function in the environment independently; the underlying principle is one of freedom within established limits, which permits the child to gain self-esteem and self-reliance.
Montessori takes advantage of each child’s unique sensitivities and offers exercises in language, development, sensory-motor development, reading, mathematics, physical and natural sciences, geography, and cultural studies, music, art, drama and body movement. These are augmented by activities in practical life which help the child develop large and small muscle coordination, cooking, gardening, woodworking, and creative writing. The materials are designed to help children progress at their own rate. Children develop at their own pace in a trusting atmosphere with the close guidance of the teachers. In this environment, education comes through spontaneous exercise of the child’s own faculties. Education, according to Maria Montessori, integrates the application of life skills with academics and is not merely a search for intellectual skills.