Q: Is Montessori just for preschoolers?

A: Montessori schools tend to focus on preschool and lower elementary school because ages 0-6 are known as the most influential ages for development, but the Montessori educational method can organize programs for students up through high school.

Q: What is the difference between traditional schools and Montessori schools?

A: Take a look at our comparison table to find out.

Q: Are Montessori schools as academically rigorous as traditional schools?

A: Yes; Montessori classrooms encourage deep learning of the concepts behind academic skills rather than sole memorization of the curriculum.

Q: Are Montessori lessons fun?

A: Of course – students have many options, and are empowered to do what interests them most. The children have free choice to decide what work they will complete throughout the day. Their time is spent on purposeful and unique lessons.

Q: Why do Montessori classrooms look different?

A: The distinctive arrangement of a Montessori classroom mirrors the Montessori method’s differences from traditional education. Rather than putting the teacher at the focal point of the class, the classroom shows a child-centered approach. Children work at tables or on floor mats where they can spread out their materials, and the teacher circulates about the room, giving lessons or resolving issues as they arise.

Q: Why is the primary classroom sometimes referred to as the “Children’s House”?

A: Maria Montessori called her first school in Rome the “Casa dei Bambini”, or the Children’s House. Everything was designed for 3-6 year olds, with child-size furniture and materials. To this day, Montessori Primary classrooms around the world are referred to as Children’s House classrooms.

Q: If Montessori children are free to do whatever they want in the classroom how does the teacher ensure each student is receiving a fully rounded education?

A: Montessori children are free to choose within their provided curriculum options and have only as much freedom as they can responsibly handle. The classroom teacher and assistant ensure that children do not interfere with each other’s learning and that each child is progressing at their own appropriate pace in all subjects.

Q: Is it true that Montessori schools have no textbooks or homework?

A: Montessori education is experiential and hands-on; children work with specially designed materials in the classroom before learning abstract pencil-and-paper methods. As students grow into the upper elementary and middle school years, written resources make more appearances. Students are encouraged to do their own research rather than relying on a textbook’s descriptions.  Students may be asked to complete components of some class projects at home. Middle school students do have homework such as math problems, writing and reading assignments, and research papers but it’s considered important not to over-schedule a child’s time and to leave plenty of time for free play. Though many “fun” activities are considered to be appropriate homework. These include reading, gardening, music lessons, hiking, journaling, or playing a sport.

Q: Are Montessori schools religious?

A: No – students are educated without reference to religious denomination. As a result classrooms are extremely diverse, with representation from all cultures and religions.

Q: How are students adequately prepared for real-life competition since Montessori classrooms emphasize non-competitiveness?

A: Montessori classrooms emphasize competition with oneself: self-monitoring, self-correction, and a variety of other executive skills aimed at continuous self-improvement. Students typically become comfortable with their strengths and learn how to address their weaknesses. In older classes, students commonly participate in competitive activities in which students give their best performances while simultaneously encouraging peers to do the same.

Q: How do Montessori graduates fare in the real world when they have to follow a structured agenda?

A: Increasingly, the modern world favors creative thinkers who combine personal initiative with strong collaborative skills: exactly the characteristics which Montessori education nurtures. Adults who attended Montessori schools have spoken of their childhood experiences with the Montessori method saying it gave them not only the ability to work cooperatively in existing settings, but also the skills of confidence, creativity, and communication needed to make innovative and ground-breaking changes.

Q. What grade levels does Four Corners Montessori Academy offer?

A. Four Corners Montessori Academy serves Preschool through 8th grade.

Q. Is transportation for Four Corners Montessori Academy students provided by the school?

A. Transportation is not provided by the school. Students are brought by their parents.

Q: Who can attend Four Corners Montessori Academy?

A: Four Corners Montessori Academy is a public school, and is open to all students who would like to attend.

Q: What does it cost to attend Four Corners Montessori Academy?

A: Four Corners Montessori Academy is a tuition-free public charter school.

Q: What are charter schools?

A: Charter schools extend the privilege of choice to all families. They provide options for parents and students in pursuing their ideal educational experience. Charter schools are open to all children free of charge who are eligible to attend traditional public schools in the state of Michigan. Charter schools are governed by a local Board of Directors and are required to meet and often exceed the standards of its Authorizer and the State Board of Education

Q: How are charter schools governed?

A: Charter schools are governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Academy’s Authorizer. Bylaws of the Board of Directors outline its role and responsibilities. Some charter schools employ an education service provider/management company to provide executive leadership and management services. Other charter schools choose to go it alone with the Board and Academy Director.

Q: What are the benefits of sending my child to a charter school?  

A: Children attending charter schools benefit from small class sizes, high academic standards, and innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Charter schools are organized by a founding group that is passionate about the basic tenets of the curriculum. Enthusiasm for the school is contagious. Board members, staff members, parents, students, and community members are attracted to the charter school because their interests coincide with the charter school’s educational program and special themes.

Charter schools have to be responsive to parents’ concerns because they operate in a free market. Parents literally make the choice to send their children to the magnet or theme school. Parents also typically transport their children to school, which means that parents have a stronger connection and more active communications with the faculty and staff.

Q: Why should I send my child to a charter school managed by Choice Schools Associates?

A: The fundamental belief of Choice Schools Associates is that every child will be empowered with the academic knowledge and skills, work habits, and character traits to gain access to the American Dream. All children are capable of accelerated learning and achieving excellence in their academic endeavors and are prepared for active citizenship in their communities. Each state certified, highly qualified instructor that Choice employs receives intensive training on the links of differentiated instruction and the importance of holding oneself accountable for the academic success of all students. The goal of achieving and maintaining parental satisfaction requires each employee to take the education and safety of each child personally and continually seek parental input regarding academic needs and successes.

The Four Corners Montessori Academy Board stands firm for safe, secure schools and make the tough decisions to ensure that every child receives a first class education free of disruption, threat, and fear. The Board is focused on student achievement, parent satisfaction, and safe, secure location for learning.

Q: How do I enroll my child in Four Corners Montessori Academy?   

A: Parents or legal guardians are invited to submit an application for student enrollment at the chosen Academy. All forms must be submitted in person. Students will be accepted and assigned to classes on a first come, first served basis. If a particular grade is full, students will participate in a lottery process at the end of the official enrollment period or will be placed on a waiting list in the order enrollment applications are received.

Q: Who is eligible to enroll at the academy?

A: Any student eligible to attend public schools in Michigan is eligible to enroll at the Academy. To enroll in Kindergarten, your child must be at least five years of age on December 1st of the school year of enrollment. Choice Schools Associates does not discriminate against any student on the basis of ethnicity, national origin, gender, or disability. Charter schools are public schools and all children are encouraged to attend one of our Academies.