The most important element in tracking student progress in a Montessori setting, is the Directresses’ observations of the child. These observations are the basis for: the assessment of evolving strengths, varying interests, and current needs of the child; the timing and nature of presentations given; and the evaluation and reporting generated for parents. In short, it allows the teacher to form a complete picture of the child and best address their current needs.
Sharing Progress with Parents
Montessori Academy of Naples takes a multi-faceted approach to sharing student progress with parents. Quarterly Progress Reports, Parent/Student Open Houses, and Parent/Teacher conferences offer a variety of ways to deepen understanding of the child’s growth and experiences at school. Families are encouraged to take advantage of all three of these insight opportunities.
Progress reports are issued quarterly and are a combination of photographs and comments designed to illuminate the child’s experiences at school. Within each developmental stage, additional standardized evaluation tools are utilized to offer a more comparative view of the child’s progress. At the elementary level, student work journals and more detailed curriculum reports accompany the pictorial progress report.
Parent/Student Open Houses
Parent/Student Open Houses are held several times during the year and offer parents the opportunity to witness first-hand where their child spends so much of their time, how they use their time, who they like to spend time with, and what work they prefer.
Communication between parent and teacher is an important component to understanding and guiding the child. Beyond the casual contact that occurs in routine exchanges, parents are requested to conference with the teacher twice each year.