For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 19, 2010Contact
FIRST CATHOLIC MONTESSORI SCHOOL NAMED
Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, announced today that St. Pius X Catholic School
in Rodgers Forge will become the first Catholic school in the Archdiocese to offer its students a Montessori education.
The school will introduce a Montessori primary program for children ages 3-6 in the 2011-12 school year.
The Montessori method of teaching was developed by an Italian
physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, in 1907 and utilizes a comprehensive approach that allows children to proceed at their own
pace and focuses on all aspects of human development—intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual—to
make learning an exciting process of discovery.
also announced that the school will partner with Loyola University Maryland, which has one of the premier Montessori graduate
programs in the United States. “We are excited to
offer this program to students in the Archdiocese because of its track record of success in educating today’s student
and because it gives Catholic parents who desire both a Catholic and Montessori education for their child, a great option,”
Archbishop O’Brien said. “We are especially grateful to be working with Loyola and consider
our partnership a vitally important one for the future of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.” Montessori classes place children in three-year age groupings: Primary (ages 3-6), and Elementary (ages 6-9 and 9-12).
A certified Montessori teacher, assisted by a trained teacher assistant, is present to observe and present new activities
to children as they demonstrate their need and readiness. The Catholic faith formation component of the
program allows children to learn about the Catholic liturgy and Holy Scripture. The
first classes of the new primary Montessori program at St. Pius X School will occur in the 2011-12 school year and will be
offered to three-and four-year-olds. In the second and subsequent years, the program will include students
ages three, four and five. “St Pius X School is extremely excited about being selected
by the Archdiocese of Baltimore as the site for this innovative program,” incoming Principal, Mrs. Maggie Dates said.
“The school is a dynamic educational environment and this additional program will be
very attractive to young families.”
Prior to the start of the 2011-12 school
year, St. Pius will be making preparations to ensure the program is implemented effectively, including the recruitment and
training of teachers certified to teach in the Montessori program. Loyola’s Center for Montessori
Education houses the oldest Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)-accredited training center in North America, the Washington
Montessori Institute. “Loyola’s School of Education
and Center for Montessori Education are delighted to partner with St. Pius X School in bringing the Montessori educational
experience to students in the Archdiocese,” said Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D., dean of Loyola’s School of Education.
“The Montessori approach to education offers children a unique learning experience very much in keeping with
Loyola’s focus on educating the whole person, and we are very pleased St. Pius, a well-regarded school, is interested
in incorporating the Montessori approach into its learning environment.
partnership is a ground-breaking opportunity for us to not only enrich the school with a Montessori approach, but to create
the kind of professional learning community that could lead the way in demonstrating how to revitalize schools through collaborative
engagement, spiritual focus, and capacity building.”
The naming of the first Catholic school
in the Archdiocese to offer a Montessori education marks the fourth designation of an enhanced academic program since the
Archbishop’s March 4 announcement about investment in academic initiatives. The program is one of
a number of academic enhancements the Archdiocese is making to ensure that Catholic schools in the Archdiocese remain competitive.
in the Pre-K3 program at St. Pius X for the 2010-11 year will receive automatic acceptance to the Montessori program for the
2011-12 school year. Other three-and four-year-olds will be accepted as space allows. An
informational meeting for parents will be held in the fall of 2010. It is anticipated that tuition and
fees for the primary Montessori program will be similar to the current fee structure. Specific tuition
and fees are set by the school’s board and announced each year during Catholic Schools Week, typically late January. St. Pius X School is located at 6432 York Road in Rodgers Forge.
The tuition for pre-k/kindergarten
at St. Pius is $5,100for the 2010-11 school year. For
more information on the school’s Montessori program, visit their website at www.stpius10.org.