In the words of Maria Montessori, "Education cannot be effective unless it helps a child open up himself to life."
At The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), faculty and staff have been preparing for the new school year, designing opportunities for their students to open themselves up to life and learning.
After spending the summer months making plans for the 2021-2022 academic year, developing an updated COVID-19 Response Plan, and enhancing facilities on both its campuses, the MSR community is ready to welcome students to both its campuses next week.
Faculty and staff returned on Monday, August 16, 2021, for an Employee Prep Week consisting of school updates, the introduction of new employees, team and division meetings, and time for classroom and office preparations. The week began with an outdoor welcome breakfast—the first opportunity in more than a year for employees to safely gather for social time together. Head of School Monica Rodriguez delivered a "state of the school" report via Zoom, highlighting MSR's new COVID-19 health and safety protocols, institutional priorities for the school year, and other initiatives being launched in support of the school's mission, its students, and community. A review of the school's core values of respect, integrity, love of learning, and community was also a highlight of the head of school report. All employees participated in an interactive Zoom session on cultural competency, led by MSR Trustee Kristina Brunelle, Head of Global Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at RTI. Updates on school finances, advancement, technology, and enrollment were also shared virtually during the course of the Employee Prep Week.
The Montessori School of Raleigh welcomes 350 students this year, an increase in enrollment of more than 75 students as compared to the 2020-2021 academic year. Offering a Montessori program and International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, MSR serves children from the age of 15 months through Grade 12. MSR is the Triangle’s modern embodiment and mindful practice of the time-proven Montessori approach. Through self-directed learning, real-world experiences, purposefully prepared learning environments, and inherently interdisciplinary curriculum, students develop the habits of mind and practice that lead to deep focus, discernment, understanding, independence, and maturity from their earliest years. This comprehensive and child-centered approach allows students to construct their own meaning and grow as agile thinkers, poised communicators, and gracious collaborators.
As the MSR community celebrates the start of the new academic year, it remains vigilant in its efforts to keep students and employees safe in the midst of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The school's COVID-19 Response Plan is designed to help protect against the spread of the virus while allowing the school to remain open for meaningful, in-person instruction throughout the school year.