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Montessori curriculum
Ages 2 to 12

Casa del Mar Montessori School

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CurriculumMontessori
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 12
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 22 students / class
Maximum 25 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus

This school does not make their fees public for the academic year 2019/2020.

Address: Calle Linda Vista, 10 29670 San Pedro Alcántara Marbella, Spain
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Number of students

50

Number of nationalities represented in the school

Between 10 and 15

Most common nationality

Spanish, British, Italian, German

Ratio of local students to international students

60% local 40% international

Max. number of students per class

Infant Community (18months to 3yo) - 15 children
Children's House (3-6yo) - 25 children
Lower Elementary (6-9yo) - 25 children
Upper Elementary (9-12yo) - 25 children

Average number of students per class

22

Does the school employ teaching assistants?

Yes, Language teaching assistants

Native English speaking teachers

Yes, Spanish and English native speakers

Language support for students not fluent in English

Yes, we follow a gentle approach to teaching languages by always supporting the learning through a very individualised approach

Additional language classes offered by the school

English, Spanish and Music!

Use of technology in the classroom

We use technology for children over the age of 9 years old.

We do not believe in the use of technology before that age. We do offer screen less coding from 4 years old until 9 years old encouraging the critical thinking needed for understanding the computer languages.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?

No

Uniform required

No

Waiting list

For some of the classes yes.

Entry evaluation for students

English conversation with the teacher for children over 7, not before.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

June

Students can join after academic year begins

Yes, only in January.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

90%

External examinations or assessments available

None

Do students practice religion at the school? What religion?

No, we promote inclusive education in an international and multicultural environment where we celebrate everyones beliefs and traditions.

School bus service available

Yes

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Yes, we do have a Psychologist in our staff

Learning support offered

We employ external consultants and therapists when needed to support individual needs in the classroom

The school supports gifted, able and talented students

Montessori education works really well in accommodating individual needs, either gifted or special needs. The environment and the adults on it adapts to each individual child's need.

Student access to education psychologist

Yes

School start time

8:45

School finish time

3:30

Supervised care before/after school

Before school, at 8:30

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Sports, Music, Coding, Yoga, Mindfulness, Gardening, Environmental education

School provided lunches

Yes

Food alternatives for special dietary needs (ie. vegan, kosher, halal etc)

Yes

Sports activities included

Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Outdoor skills and all collaborative play and games.

Sports facilities at the school

None, we go to an external sports facility

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

No

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

At Casa del Mar Montessori, we offer a comprehensive academic curriculum that adheres to the Montessori standards established by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and is designed to fit the specific needs of each child’s stage of development, nurturing their intrinsic desire for learning, and allowing each student to engage in their own learning experience.

In a framework of whole child education, we seek to develop compassionate and resilient members of society who are skilled in creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

Future citizens of the world who trust themselves and understand the society in such a way that they will be able to create positive change.

We prioritize the development of the whole child -- body, spirit, and mind.

We foster habits that will promote healthy nutrition and physical activity to maximize the development of the growing body.

We promote the development of self-awareness and inner-discipline toward oneself, others, and the environment for success as an adult citizen of the global community.

Our students will be independent, responsible, self-directed learners with the following intellectual abilities:

Critical thinking
I will make observations, ask questions, and pursue answers
I will be reflective and challenge my own mindset
I will explain my thinking

Love of learning
I will be self-directed
I will attempt to solve problems I notice
I will embrace failure as a valuable learning opportunity

Collaboration
I will share my knowledge
I will value the opinions and expertise of others
I will hold myself and others accountable

Adaptability
I will embrace a growth mindset
I will take on challenges and be resilient
I will seek feedback

Creativity
I will be curious and creative
I will not conform
I will connect ideas

Teaching approach of the school

Engaging environments

Our Montessori classrooms are thoughtfully designed to offer children opportunities to develop their own capabilities, whether it is learning how to dress themselves independently, multiply a multi-digit equation, communicate their needs effectively, or problem solve with others. Each classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate activities that encourage children to interact with specific learning materials, as well as to work cooperatively with others.

Students are free to choose the activity they wish to work with, so they learn to make choices based on their interest. While some children will naturally choose to work with others, often the youngest students focus on individual activities.

As children mature, the curriculum intentionally provides small group instruction and collaborative activities. The combination of independent, partner, small-group, and whole-group lessons and activities introduces children to different learning relationships and interpersonal dynamics.

Allowing children to make their own choices based on internal motivation rather than adult direction sets a strong foundation for self-directed learners who are intrinsically motivated and are owners of their knowledge.

Individualized learning

Is a child-centered classroom where learning activities are presented individually to children, students progress at their own pace. They are given opportunities to practice, review, or move forward based on their own interests and capabilities.

In our Montessori classroom, teachers assess students on a daily basis, using their observations of each child’s interactions in the environment and with peers. They use their knowledge of child development and academic outcomes to prepare an environment that is simultaneously stimulating and academically, physically, socially, and emotionally accessible. They develop an individualized learning plan for each child, based on his or her unique interests and abilities.

The teachers provide environments where students have the freedom and the tools to pursue answers to their own questions and learn how to seek out new knowledge themselves.

Self-assessment and self-correction are an integral part of the Montessori classroom approach. As they mature, students learn to look critically at their work, and become adept at recognizing, correcting, and learning from their errors.

Comprehensive curriculum

The Montessori Method nurtures order, coordination, concentration, and independence in children from the moment they enter the classroom.
The sequence of Montessori lessons aligns well with the results expected for the Common Core Standards, ensuring that children are introduced to complex learning concepts through hands-on experiences that leads to deep understanding.
The Montessori curriculum is intentionally grouped into 3-year cycles, rather than broken out into year-by-year expectations for student learning. This respects the fact that children develop and master academic topics at different speeds, and that in reality, children often work in particular content areas in spurts.
The teacher supports the child’s growth through all areas of the curriculum to ensure that he or she is exposed to the full sequence of lessons in each area and to provide support and new challenge as needed.

Community

A Montessori class is composed of students whose ages typically span 3 years. Students stay with the class, and teacher, for the entire cycle, forging a stable community and meaningful bonds.

We have students of different ages and nationalities working together. Older students enjoy mentoring their younger classmates. Younger students look up to their big friends and get a preview of the work to come.
As children mature in the Montessori classroom over the 3-year period, they understand that they are a part of a community where everyone has their own individual needs, but also contributes to the community. Children exercise independence, but are also given opportunities to work with their peers and to support others when they are in need encouraging the sense of belonging that creates connection in human beings.

Developing independence and pursuing one’s own interests in the context of a caring community fosters a strong sense of self in each student.

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