To be champions of inclusive, caring and respectful early childhood education founded on Montessori principles and values. To nurture every child's love of learning, while fostering their growing independence, confidence and self-esteem. Please note that our children with special needs have a wide range of disabilities (e.g. autism, visual and hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities, Down Syndrome, other genetic disorders, seizure disorders, ADD, ADHD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Attachment Disorder, brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and severe behaviours). We do not send children home unless they are sick. If a child is difficult to manage, we look at it as a challenge to find what helps that individual child be successful, independent, confident and happy. The costs for children with special needs are never fully covered but we endeavour to provide all the services that the children require, at a considerable cost to the School. Our low-income families are often subsidized by the School as well.
About ISLAND MONTESSORI HOUSE SOCIETY
Island Montessori is a school for children from two and a half years of age (preschool) through school-aged. We are an inclusive school and are proud to have children from a variety of economic, including low income families, and ethnic backgrounds as well as with a whole host of abilities and special needs. Island Montessori opened in Sept. 1973 and hundreds of children have attended over the years. We believe in integration and early intervention. We believe that all people have the right to respect, dignity, fairness, equality, consideration, compassion, and empowerment. We never, ever give up on a child or family, and provide whatever support is needed. Our program is tailored to suit the child's needs in the program - not trying to mold the child to suit the needs of the program - and promotes self-reliance and independence, and fosters a spirit of co-operation in communal endeavour. We celebrate and honour diversity. encourages the active participation of each child,