Primary & Elementary Montessori Programs in Christiansted, VI

Looking for the Right School for Your Child?

If you want your child in a warm, creative environment where they are treated as an individual, with highly skilled teachers who focus on the whole child, you should get to know St. Croix Montessori.

Now enrolling in Primary and Elementary Programs

 

Openings for children 2 1/2 to 12 years old

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“Imagine a place where your child is always greeted warmly and made to feel welcome with a parent-communication experience that keeps you informed and confident that your child has fallen in love with learning.”

Hear it from our parents!

When we were researching schools for our then 3-year-old daughter, I attended an open house for St. Croix Montessori. I didn’t really know a lot about the Montessori philosophy at the time. At the open house two things stood out to me: how beautiful the classroom was and an interaction my daughter had with a 6-year-old student. The student began showing my daughter how to use one of the materials in the classroom and she was quickly engaged.

Parent and former Board member

The role modeling in a multi-age classroom is something I love about Montessori. I was also drawn to the idea that each child can move at their own pace and by their interests, rather than follow what the lesson for the day would be. These were the reasons why I enrolled both my daughters into St. Croix Montessori and continued their education there through the elementary years

Parent

The proof is in our children. My nieces are out there in the world achieving and happy because of their Montessori education in Primary years. My daughter continuously tells me she is learning. This environment challenges in a healthy way. Trust in St. Croix Montessori.

Parent

There is no other school like this on the island. This is a mindful environment. This approach to teaching gives my child – any child… a space to learn, to take ownership of themselves, to learn skills that come home, to be creative and excited.

The Assistant Director of the Caribbean Center for Boys and Girls

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3013 Orange Grove Christiansted VI 00820

About St. Croix Montessori

Vision

To provide a comprehensive Montessori program accessible to children in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands from birth to adolescence.

Mission

Using the philosophy of Maria Montessori, we provide an environment where children feel emotionally and physically safe, are valued, grow and learn to their maximum potential, think independently, and contribute to the world and society in innovative and meaningful ways.

St. Croix Montessori is a 501(c)(3) non-profit school that provides an education to the children of St. Croix following the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale. Our program is intended to facilitate a child-centered growth and learning process. We are guided by the following goals:

Maintain a cutting edge educational program for children between the ages of 2 1/2 years to 12 years old based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Provide a curriculum that adheres to the strictest standards of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), thus giving the child a solid basis of education to support his/her growth as an individual.
Create and maintain partnerships with the community and parents to ensure the success of the program and the full development of the child.

Implement a program where the needs of the child come first, where children can realize who they are and the effect they have on the world so they can enter society as lifelong learners who care about people and the world in which they live.

Recognize that it is a child’s natural tendency to want to learn and grow, regardless of that child’s race, color, creed or economic background; and to encourage and stimulate that child’s desire to learn so the he or she will develop self-discipline, creativity, independence and a lifelong love of learning.

Primary Program

The Primary class offers both a Half Day Program and a Full Day Program. The Half Day Program is offered for younger children as they transition into a classroom environment.

Half Day Program (ONLY applicable to ages 2 ½ to 4 ½ years old) 12:00
Noon dismissal

Full Day Program (ages 2 ½ to 6 years old)
3:00 p.m. dismissal

Although entrance into the primary class is based on readiness, most children usually are ready between 2 ½ and 3 years of age. Therefore, children spend 3 to 4 years in the primary class, inclusive of the “kindergarten year.” The first year is an introduction to the new environment and social acclimation. A secure foundation of self-discipline, independent functioning, and self-confidence is formed. The second year is a consolidation of skills and knowledge and a growth in competence and self-assurance. The last years are ones of unfolding and mastery. This is the time you see the traditional types of learning, such as reading, writing, and math computations come to fruition. These skills are actually a by-product of the more important foundational characteristics, such as independence, self-motivation, and concentration that the child has internalized and will posses throughout his lifetime.

Elementary Program

The elementary program offers a continuum built on the Primary level experience. It is made up of connective narratives that provide an inspiring overview as the organizing, integrating “Great Lessons.” Great Lessons span the history of the universe from the big bang theory of the origin of the solar system, earth, and life forms to the emergence of human cultures and the rise of civilization.
Aided by impressionistic charts and timelines, the child’s study of detail in reference to the Great Lessons leads to awe and respect for the totality of knowledge. Studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter but in terms of moral learning as well, resulting in appreciation and respect for life, moral empathy, and a fundamental belief in progress, the contribution of the individual, the universality of the human condition, and the meaning of true justice.