The Xavier University Montessori Lab School is expanding for next year by adding two early childhood classrooms for children ages 3-6 years old and individual lower and upper elementary classrooms for children ages 6-9 and 9-12.
The lab school is currently accepting applications for all classrooms and is holding an open house on Wednesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 24, from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. both days. Parents are asked to attend these events without their children but will be offered a separate date to bring them for a tour of the school. This initial visit is for parents to see the school, observe a daily routine and meet the principal.
The Montessori lab school was established in 1966 as a demonstration school to reflect the philosophy and teaching methods of the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Xavier. In 1968, the Joseph Building was constructed and two preprimary Montessori classes moved into the child-scaled ground floor environment. In 1974, teacher Martha McDermott traveled to Bergamo, Italy, for training and received American Montessori International Elementary certification, allowing her to begin an elementary level class at Xavier. She still visits weekly to teach math.
The Montessori lab school is an authentic model of best practice in Montessori education and works in partnership with other Xavier programs such as occupational therapy, modern languages, nursing, psychology, music, and special education to facilitate field experiences and classroom observations. In kind, students of the lab school benefit from these professionals' expertise and commitment, including Spanish lessons, cultural presentations, individualized lessons and teacher assistance. The lab school educates a diverse group of students and develops the whole child by observing, documenting, and assessing children in their prepared learning environment and by developing a rich curriculum based on the information collected.
In addition to providing Montessori instruction to children, the school serves as a venue for pre-service teachers, creates an interactive learning environment for Xavier students, and helps the broader community observe and learn about Montessori education. Head teachers in the lab school are credentialed by the American Montessori Society, hold a master’s degree in education and are licensed by the State of Ohio.
For more information or to register for an open house, visit the website or call 513-745-3424.