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Montessori School in Tampa: Disciplining Passionate Hearts and Strong Minds.
Harmon Prep Family
Harmon PREP School is a K-8 private Montessori school. Our mission is to educate EVERY child through experience, exposure, and innovation. We use the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori to guide our students through their learning. Our small class sizes and setting allow Harmon PREP to be an extension of home. We have a 0 tolerance policy for bullying and we encourage scholars to use biblical principles and stand up for what’s right. We strongly encourage parents to involve themselves in their child’s education. Every scholar needs their peers, teachers and parents to work together to achieve academic success.
Scholarships are Available
“It is true that we cannot make a genius. We can only give to each child the chance to fulfill their full possibilities.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori, The Theosophist
Step Up administers scholarships for Florida Tax Credit (FTC), Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES). Both of these scholarships are based on income. They also administer the Gardiner Scholarship for students with special needs.
AAA Scholarships administers scholarships for Florida Tax Credit (FTC), Family Empowerment Scholarship (FES). Both of these scholarships are based on income. They also administer the Gardiner Scholarship for students with special needs.
Average Class Size
Harmon Prep School offers small
class sizes between 15-20 students per class
“The hand is the instrument of intelligence.”
— Dr. Maria Montessori, The Theosophist
What is Montessori?
In the early 20th Century an Italian physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, gave the world a new approach to educate children. Through Dr. Montessori’s observations she was able to examine the benefits of children learning from their peers, environment, and very little help from teachers. Dr. Montessori was able to witness the excitement of students who were able to learn independently with little direction from a teacher.
Based on her observations Dr. Montessori was able to conclude the development of children is natural. Children instinctively want to be independent. A teacher may introduce and demonstrate new knowledge and materials, but children naturally desire to learn. In a Montessori the teacher is a guide or a resource, but not the source.
Dr. Montessori shared her data and experiences with others and today there are thousands of Montessori schools across the world. The uncanny knowledge and leadership of Montessorians has lead Montessori schools to be called the “school of entrepreneurs”.
Today, many Montessori schools are known to help develop brilliant self-sufficient students. Montessori student are well rounded knowing more than just reading and writing. Their knowledge expands well beyond a standard classroom. Montessorians learn about various cultures, social justice, and their value as humans to make a better world.
Montessori schools hold high standards, allowing ours students to understand the importance of education and their place in the world. The Montessori education allows learning to be fluid and fun. Montessori encourage students to be curious and ask questions to gain a deeper understanding. Students enjoy learning through doing, experiencing, and creating. Students develop cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally. The study of core subjects, other cultures, language, and commitment to service creates productive young people who become future productive citizens in our community.
Benefits of Montessori
Each student is treated as an individual
Every student is an individual. This includes styles of learning and the rate of development. Students don’t have to keep up with or wait on others. Students are allowed to learn at their own pace.
Students are taught independence and leadership at an early age
Through classes and routines students are taught how to care for oneself and lead for others when necessary.
Students are allowed to choose learning activities
As an extension to each child’s independence, they are not “made” to do any particular activity in class. Students are allowed to choose activities they are drawn to do.
Students look for knowledge
Classrooms are designed for students to learn and seek more information. They are able to use materials in the classroom to answer their own questions and therefore satisfy their own curiosity.