At Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy, primary students interact with a rich and engaging environment. The Montessori Approach for early childhood encourages children between ages 3 and 6 years old to learn through interest, observation, and play.
Young children learn at an incredible rate, and primary students are often intensely interested in what the classroom environment offers. They discover from the start that learning can be fun. Our teachers give lessons to each child individually or in a small group. After lessons are given, the child can then choose materials to practice alone and to eventually gain mastery.
In Lower Elementary, we nurture the immense potential within every child. The children discover a continuation of their learning from the Preschool level in an attractive environment with hands-on materials. The various learning styles of each individual child are met by presenting lessons both visually and orally. Lessons are repeated until concepts are fully mastered. We want every child to achieve success. For students needing an extra challenge, acceleration will be provided. For students who require extra assistance, individualized instruction is provided.
When one enters the classroom, children can be observed working on many different lessons and activities. Some children may choose to work alone, while others will work in pairs or in small groups. At this level, children have weekly work plans. Throughout the course of the morning, students are encouraged and guided to work to their potential and be self-motivated.
The Upper Elementary program at Bruno Montessori is designed for students 9-12 years old. The Upper Elementary class is a multi-age community that works together collaboratively to achieve both individual and group goals.
The Montessori curriculum offers each student introductory lessons that are sequenced in each of the content areas. From these initial lessons, students follow their natural curiosity as they acquire the skills necessary to research, inquire and show independence in their own learning. The Montessori philosophy supports an integrated approach where the content areas of math, geometry, language, science, history and geography are interwoven.
The Middle School Program helps 7th and 8th graders develop real-world skills that they will need when they continue in their educational journey. We work with the students to develop their identity and their principles through an open, tolerant environment that encourages discussion and understanding as well as critical reflection and dialogue.
Our aim across content areas is to help students develop their own learning goals and expectations for their work and performance. Students are encouraged to ask questions and seek their own answers. We blend curricular disciplines by using a problem-solving approach within individualized instruction.
Our students thoroughly enjoy the use of our outdoor and indoor campus. The PE program recognizes and promotes the concept that physical activity provides opportunities for health, mental, emotional, physical, and social development.
The activities included in the program are designed to promote physical fitness to develop motor skills and teamwork.
The Garden/Erdkinder program introduces students to the world of plants and agriculture. JBMA offers a variety of opportunities for students to learn valuable land stewardship skills and allows them to find connections between the earth and their food.
Spanish Program seeks to facilitate exploration of the Spanish language and provide them with the necessary tools to help them build the skills to eventually become fluent speakers.
The students will learn the language through exercises, activities, songs, books, vocabulary and cultural lessons.
The library is a place for students to develop academic skills, including the ability to locate, retrieve, evaluate, and utilize information. Students become familiar with library materials, which are no longer limited to traditional print materials and card catalogs. Modern library materials now include tools such as computers and electronic resources. During weekly lessons, students learn how to efficiently use these tools to enhance their learning.
While introducing art concepts and methods to students, the mission of the Visual Arts program is to integrate art history, cultural influences and community involvement with each lesson emphasizing that each students’ creative expression is unique.
At Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy, students experience music by singing, moving, playing instruments, improvising, composing, reading, describing, and evaluating. These basic elements provide a foundation for advanced development in all areas of music study and performance, as well as preparing students to be informed and appreciative music enthusiasts throughout life.
Dramatic Arts education is an important means of stimulating creativity in problem-solving. It can challenge students’ perceptions about their world and about themselves.
Dramatic Arts work to improve students’ skills in communication, public speaking, and teamwork.