Montessori Academy of Naples programs adhere to the grounding principles set out by Dr. Maria Montessori. The method stresses the importance of: educating the whole child; encouraging independence; learning through the senses and hands-on experiences; offering reality-based experiences; allowing the child to exercise decision-making skills; offering freedom balanced by self-discipline; illuminating connections to community including raising awareness of responsibility and impact within the community; and respecting and nurturing the individual, their interests, their strengths, and their contributions. Observance of these core principles honors the child’s natural drives and processes to develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively, and helps foster a life-long joy of learning. This allows each child to achieve their maximum potential.
Montessori Academy of Naples offers comprehensive Montessori programs for children from infancy through twelve years old. The classrooms are well-equipped and thoughtfully prepared by Montessori-certified staff. The classes are designed as multi-aged environments to allow for maximum individual and social development.
- All programs are five days per week.
- Program hours are from 8:00A.M to 3:00P.M
- Half-day programs until 12:00noon or 12:45P.M are available to non-VPK children four and under.
- Arrival for all students is from 8:00A.M. to 8:30A.M.
- Early Arrival Program begins at 7:30A.M.
- After School Programs until 5:30P.M.
- Summer Programs are also available.
Infant - 2 to 15 months - The Nido is a small, nurturing environment that gently stimulates the senses, encourages movement, and builds a foundation of trust.
Toddler – 15 to 36 months - The Toddler Program offers a prepared environment that respects the emerging explorer and their need to move, touch, taste, smell, look, and listen as a means to develop physical and cognitive skills, connect experience with language, and grow socially through their close-knit community.
Children’s House – 3 to 6 years - The Children’s House (Primary) Program offers a prepared environment that encourages independence, self-discipline, refinement of the senses, language acquisition, fine and gross motor development, and awareness of personal and social responsibility. This program has integrated Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) and Extended Primary (Kindergarten) curriculum.
Elementary – 6 to 12 years - The Elementary Program at both the Lower (6 to 9 years) and Upper (9 to 12 years) levels is a research based program that integrates disciplines and extends independent study through community resources and exploration.
Adolescent – 12 to 15 years - The Adolescent Program offers a comprehensive curriculum that adheres to rigorous academic standards and emphasizes practical application of learning through research and experiential opportunities. It is a unique educational opportunity that is firmly rooted in Montessori and adapted to our Southwest Florida environment and community.
All programs meet or exceed standards set by applicable regulating agencies including the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Early Learning Coalition, and the Florida Department of Education.