Dr. Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952), an Italian physician and educator, was the founder of the educational philosophy which still bears her name today. She based her philosophy on the premise that education involves the unfolding of the abilities which a child possesses at birth. She emphasized that a child learns best if given freedom to discover, explore and create in an enriched environment under the guidance and encouragement of a trained directress (teacher).
Montessori designed specific learning materials for the classroom environment, but also believed that her method should be open-ended and encouraged innovation and growth based on observation of the child.
Montessori is a philosophy and method of education which emphasizes the potential of the young child and which develops this potential by utilizing special teaching materials. Montessori materials help the child to understand what he/she learns by associating abstract concepts with concrete sensorial experiences.
Victory Montessori Schools provide carefully prepared learning environments in which intellectual, moral, creative, physical and social growth flourish. The schools were established in 1975 in San Marino with the purpose of creating an educational community committed to Montessori educational standards and principles. Today our schools serve over 100 students from preschool though 8th grade.
Through these many years it has been a great source of pride and satisfaction to hear from former students, parents, and educators regarding the outstanding achievements of our alumni in their continuing education and careers in the professional world. It has made us even more dedicated to the Montessori Philosophy.