About Westmont Montessori School
They Have a Heroic Mission
Our vision is of a school that provides world class Montessori education now and for generations to come.
We all hope to find a school for our children where every child is an active participant in their own intellectual and personal development, one that encourages children’s natural curiosity and desire to explore. A school that inspires cooperative and creative problem solving. A school that equips our children with the skills and confidence they need to meet their futures with courage and confidence. Westmont Montessori is that school.
A Westmont Montessori School education offers an independent alternative to more traditional schooling. Montessori educational methodology is grounded in over a century of scientific study and detailed observation; a methodology that firmly places the child at the center of their own learning experience.
Here at Westmont we create an environment where learning is pursued with individual curiosity and collective passion. Where working together to solve problems and confront challenges is integral to every classroom. Where children are encouraged to move around their environment to discover for themselves the insights and interests that engage them. Where a lifelong love of learning is born
Westmont focuses on moving children towards independent thinking, resulting in highly engaged, knowledge questing students.
Westmont Montessori School is a highly regarded independent Montessori school in the Westshore offering education from pre-school through 12. Westmont has been a part of the community for over 60 years with our roots dating back to a small school founded in 1954. Many children and grandchildren of the original students continue to be part of the Westmont family. The school is now situated on a stunning eight-acre site on Metchosin Road with access to the Sitting Lady Falls provincial park and Witty’s Lagoon beach.
Westmont is a learning community founded upon respect and harmony, that graduates students who embrace life and learning with personal, communal and global integrity. At Westmont, we believe that the strength of an education is forged from a bond between the student, the teacher and the home. Each partner must be committed to building a foundation of trust from which the child dreams, questions and works to become all that is possible.
“The children in a Montessori class are given the freedom that is the liberty of the human being, and this freedom allows the children to grow in social grace, inner discipline, and joy.”
SENSEMAKING, AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT TO MONTESSORI EDUCATION, IS ALL ABOUT THE ABILITY TO CONNECT THINGS TO CREATE NEW IDEAS. QUOTING MARIA POPOVA, “WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT COUNTLESS DOTS, TO CROSS-POLLINATE IDEAS FROM A WEALTH OF DISCIPLINES, TO COMBINE AND RECOMBINE THESE PIECES AND BUILD NEW CASTLES.”
At Westmont, active citizenship reflects the abilities and interests of our students, the talents and commitment of our families and the beauty and needs of our community. By focusing on citizenship, virtues and leadership, we model and teach good practice for functioning in the greater world.
Families volunteer at the school to help in ways that reflect their unique strengths. Students learn about community virtues through class discussions and presentations at assemblies.
All students are encouraged to demonstrate leadership when appropriate. In the older classes, students are provided formal opportunities for leadership through organizing sporting events, running pizza days to raise money and working with younger students.
Westmont Montessori Core Values
Capable of thinking or acting for oneself.
Students are encouraged to do for themselves anything within their capability. The environment is prepared so that the child can complete tasks without help, from getting themselves a glass of water, to working on an activity.
Students are encouraged to decide things for themselves so that, their independence, and self- confidence flourishes, and stays with them throughout life.
Students learn to take accountability for their work and manage their own responsibilities and learning goals in the classroom with the support of their teachers.
The capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
Students learn that mistakes are part of the learning process, perfection is not rewarded, and children are given opportunities to work through errors and resolve them on their own.
Students reach their full potential by experiencing and contributing to a respectful and passionate community of learners, where they can take comfort and pride in being themselves.
The combination of independent, partner, small-group, and whole-group lessons and activities introduces students to different learning relationships and interpersonal dynamics—valuable skills for their interactions outside the classroom.
Engaging or ready to engage in physically energetic pursuit.
Students are connected to the natural world (forests, gardens, beaches and play spaces) through physical outdoor pursuits.
Children’s minds are active, as they are always exploring within the classroom. Students have freedom of movement within the classrooms and are not limited to sitting in desks.
Eager to know or learn something.
Students learn through exploration in the classroom, they can pursue their own passions within the prepared environment, leading to intrinsic motivation and sustained attention.
Child-directed work is supported by the design and flow of the Montessori classroom, which is created to ignite each child’s curiosity and to provide the opportunity to work in calm, uncluttered spaces either individually or with peers
Students learn in an environment which recognizes and respects individual variations in the learning process, uninterrupted work periods facilitate the development of coordination, concentration, and independence.
To join or link together.
Every member of the community is valued and treated with kindness and compassion.
Students they understand that they are a part of different types of communities where everyone has their own individual needs, but also contributes to the greater community.
Classes with 3-year age groupings facilitate mentorship among the students and encourage leadership development.