At NKMA we work in a collaborative partnership with parents, faculty and children, to combine the innovative Montessori philosophy and its resulting pedagogy with experiential learning. This transformational approach to education allows our students to become joyful learners, of high academic prowess, and encourages their development into caring, respectful, responsible, curious and compassionate individuals.
NKMA is a progressive school for children ages 3 to 12 years of age. We currently provide preschool, kindergarten and elementary programs. Children attend for three-year cycles, beginning at age three in the Early Childhood program. Lower Elementary is comprised of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades; Upper Elementary 4th, 5th and 6th grades. Children are guided by degreed and certified teachers who embrace the Montessori Philosophy espoused by Maria Montessori and the American Montessori Society. NKMA is a full-member school of the American Montessori Society and the International Montessori Foundation. NKMA is beginning the AMS accreditation process.
As we have for the past 50 years, NKMA is committed to individualized instruction, appealing to each child’s unique traits, and focusing first on what Maria Montessori recognized as a child’s natural tendency to be a curious, self-motivated, and eager learner. Students are provided a rich and diverse curriculum, steeped in multi-cultural experiences, and grounded in developmentally appropriate practices.
By providing a Montessori curriculum that includes English and Foreign Language, Literature, Math (including Geometry and Algebra), political and cultural Geography, Physical and Life Sciences, Music, Movement and Art, Physical Education, Environmental Studies, as well as Peace and Conflict Resolution, students tackle work that ultimately stretches them beyond that which is typically supported in a conventional classroom by Common Core Standards.
Our teaching faculty, administrative team and support staff provide a safe, secure environment that feels like an extension of home. Focusing on core values of respect, courtesy, compassion, curiosity, tolerance and appreciation for differences, the collaborative triad of parent, faculty and child creates an environment where emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills are recognized as equal in value to academic accomplishment.
While every child’s path at NKMA will look, feel and be different, each graduate will be prepared:
- For a life full of learning opportunities, both in and out of school
- With a solid academic and executive function skills foundation
- With the social/emotional experiences and knowledge to navigate age-appropriate peer relationships
- To contribute to their community and the lives of others
“The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.” —Maria Montessori