The Caedmon School, founded in 1962, was built on the philosophy of Maria Montessori (Italy’s first female physician at the beginning of the 1900s), who imagined a comprehensive educational model that recognizes early cognitive and sensory-motor development as the foundation for a healthy, lifelong process of learning. Its mission for a diverse developmental atmosphere is to instill in its students:
- Academic Excellence
- Modified Montessori Individual Needs
- Community Building
- Community Service
Maria Montessori’s philosophy and goal for the proper learning of children was based on her own experiences and observations of children. She concluded that childhood as an early stage of life precludes a learning experience very different than that of adults. Children learn at a different pace and teaching should be solely based on the inner needs of the child, with no emphasis on the adult teacher.
Where traditional, and even most modern schooling, is based on the subject matter alone, the Caedmon School puts its emphasis on the child being taught. Taking into account the learning style of each child, the Montessori environment is to teach the children, not the subject matter.
Children are allowed to progress at their own rates of development rather than trying to keep up with the class, as is often the case in traditional schools. There is apparent in the school’s curriculum a 4 “C” development model: Capable, Confident, Creative and Caring human beings. The school places emphasis on academic excellence as well as open-minded thinking, aiding children to think “outside the box.”
The Caedmon School boasts a carefully prepared environment where the teacher acts as an assistant guiding rather than lecturing the child in the development of new skills by preparing learning situations. At the Caedmon School, children don’t just exist in their environment, they “own” it.