When evaluating schools for your child, are you clear on exactly what you are looking for?
Seems like a simple enough question, right?
For something that seems so simple there sure is a seemingly never ending list of volume of articles and advice on this topic available on the internet.
The reality is that your decision essentially boils down to your answer to this key question: “Every morning when I drive out of the school parking, do I feel good leaving my child here?”
So, where should you begin?
Start with the school’s core values & philosophy. Are they posted on the website, in the lobby of the school, in the parent handbook? How familiar are you with them?
As you meet the staff, from the greeting at the door to observing the teachers and support staff in the classrooms, are the core values evident?
Do the staff interact with each other in a way that reflects the core values?
Have you spoken to other families in the school? Do they feel the school is true to its’ core values?
Are the school’s programs and activities aligned with its core values?
Are the core values of the school consistent with your own family values?
Why is this important?
A school’s core values are timeless and do not change, they are the DNA of the school and the guiding principles for everything that happens inside of the school and on the play yards.
Having strong core values that permeate throughout the staff, programs and activities enables a school to better recruit, develop and retain the best teachers and support staff to guide your child every day.
This in turn insures that your child consistently receives the highest quality of guidance and instruction from the school.
At the Montessori School of Silicon Valley (MSOSV), our educational programs are rooted in a strong core value system which has been developed by educators with more than 70 years of combined experience in leading Montessori schools and guiding children.
The Leadership staff at MSOSV have chosen this very particular path of education, offering full implementation Montessori education, hiring the very best, trained and dedicated teachers who align with our core values at all four of our campus locations.