WARREN — The former St. John’s Deaf Center on Nine Mile Road is currently under construction to become the new Macomb Montessori Academy.
According to a news release, the school will be an “authentic” Montessori school and will serve Warren, Eastpointe, Detroit, Dearborn, Hamtramck, Redford Charter Township, Ferndale, Madison Heights, Southfield, Berkley, Sterling Heights and several of the Grosse Pointes, including Woods, Farms and Park.
The tuition-free public school is scheduled to open for the 2013-14 school year for children in grades kindergarten through eighth grade, given sufficient enrollment.
“The Academy celebrates a child’s natural desire to learn, encourages each child move at his own pace, and embraces her unique style,” MIChoice President Sid Faucette, Ed.D., said in a prepared statement. MIChoice is the Academy’s Board of Directors’ management partner. “Choosing a Montessori education is a choice for a concrete yet profound education. It is a choice for an education that is fun, natural and revolutionary.”
Each classroom at Macomb Montessori Academy will be staffed with a state and Montessori-certified lead teacher, and an instructional aide. About 15 positions are expected to open in the first year, according to the news release.
Montessori is an educational philosophy built off the research of the late Italian physician and educator, Maria Montessori. Practiced in approximately 30,000 schools internationally, the school’s methods centers on a child-centered, individualized approach to teaching and learning. Students collaborate with teachers and other students, and they use special hands-on materials to customize learning activities.
According to www.montessorischool.net, Dr. Montessori believed each child is born with a unique potential to be revealed, rather than as a “blank slate” waiting to be written upon.
“Her main contributions to the work of those of us raising and educating children are in these areas: preparing the most natural and life supporting environment for the child, observing the child living freely in this environment, and continually adapting the environment in order that the child may fulfill his greatest potential — physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually,” according to the website.
A kindergarten roundup for interested families will be held from 5-7 p.m. April 29 at Greater St. Paul Baptist Church, 15325 Gratiot Ave., in Detroit. For further information on the roundup and for tuition information, visit www.macombmontessori.com.
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