M, T, W, Th 8:05 - 2:30 pm
F only 8:05 - 12:15 pm
M, T, W, Th 8:05 - 3:05 pm
F only 8:05 - 12:15 pm
"The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind" Dr. Maria Montessori
DMCS emphasizes academic excellence and discovery within an environment that nurtures each student to achieve their individual greatest potential.
Confident in their individual strengths and skills and with a passion for exploration, DMCS students enthusiastically strive to be their best and positively impact the world around them.
Collaboration ~ Integrity ~ Sustainability ~ Enthusiasm ~ Innovative
Dixon Montessori Charter School is part of an innovative, child-centered teaching movement that has grown for more than one hundred years worldwide. Montessori schools are based upon the educational methodology of Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, who is remembered as one of the most practical, visionary and progressive minds in the history of modern education. In the tradition of Maria Montessori our school offers a pleasant and nurturing environment in which children learn at their own pace pursuing those things that interest them most. Dixon Montessori provides purposefully designed experiences that foster a child’s self-respect, independence, autonomy, respect of the environment, and ability to make responsible choices. Our teachers lead children to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate and discover. At Dixon Montessori children learn in multi-age classes in which the younger children spontaneously learn from the older children. We expect learning to be a process of discovery, which leads to concentration, motivation, self-discipline and enjoyment.
Who is Maria Montessori? What is unique about a Montessori classroom?Maria Montessori, the first female medical doctor in Italy, developed a student-centered approach to learning based on common developmental and psychological needs of humans. She developed this approach over many years working with children of many different cultures. She believed that children learn in an environment that fosters community through individual freedom and responsibility. Opportunities for community and responsibility are made available to children through the grouping of multiple age groups according to developmental phase.
Perhaps the most apparent trait of a Montessori classroom is the number of available hands-on materials designed with a specific learning goal in mind. A premise of the Montessori educational philosophy is that the mind develops in concert with the body. Especially in the early years of a child’s life, most of the learning involves a substantial amount of both fine and gross motor movement. Students are not confined to a desk but, rather, have the opportunity to learn to choose where to work responsibly. A student who meets the needs of both his body and his mind is better able to cultivate self-discipline, concentration, and a general love of learning.