Xavier Montessori Lab School Expanding and Accepting Applications

Open House April 17 | March 27, 2013

The Xavier University Montessori Lab School is expanding. It is adding two Early Childhood classrooms (for children 3-6 years old) and individual Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms, (ages 6-9 and 9-12).

The Lab School is currently accepting applications for all classrooms and will hold an Open House at the School on Wednesday, April 17th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Parents are asked to attend this Open House without their children. Children will be to visit the classrooms on a different date. This initial visit is for parents to see the school, observe a daily routine and speak with the principal.

Xavier University Montessori Lab School was established in 1966 as a demonstration lab school to reflect the philosophy and teaching methods of the Montessori Teacher Education Program at Xavier University. In addition to providing Montessori instruction to children, it 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. Martha McDermott traveled to Italy to train and received American Montessori International Elementary certification. In 1974, she began an elementary level class at Xavier and visits weekly to teach math. Head teachers in the Lab School are credentialed by the American Montessori Society (AMS), hold a master’s degree in education and are licensed by the State of Ohio.

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, the students of the Lab School benefit from their expertise and commitment, including Spanish lessons, cultural presentations, individualized lessons, and teacher assistance. The Xavier University Montessori Lab School educates a diverse community of learners. It develops the whole child by observing, documenting, and assessing children in their prepared learning environment and developing a rich curriculum based on the information collected.