Pine Street School is authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. The IB provides a rigorous and challenging curriculum framework for children aged 3-11. The IB encourages schools to employ a range of best practices to support the curriculum, therefore we have chosen to implement the basic elements of the Montessori Method, and the inspiration of Reggio Emilia practices, alongside the standards and practices of the IB.
Overview of Montessori in the Preschool
- The Montessori Method provides a structure for children to become independent learners and good choice makers.
- Montessori Materials are beautifully designed to teach specific skills, yet are flexible enough to be used in more complex ways as the children master sets of skills.
- Inspired by Reggio Emilia practices, the curriculum is enhanced by open-ended artistic and scientific inquiry.
- Each child is guided in his or her own learning within the structure of our Montessori/International Baccalaureate program, which is supported by best practices in preschool education.
- The unique flexibility of this curriculum allows us to continually challenge each child at his or her own pace.
- Individualized attention is achieved by our very low student/teacher ratio of 5:1 in the Twos and 8:1 in Preschool.
- We highly value out close working relationships with out families. This partnership is fostered through ongoing, personal communication as well as four conferences each year.
- The multi-age classroom in Preschool stimulates enthusiasm for learning and inspires independent thinking.
- All of our teachers have undergraduate degrees with extensive experience in the classroom and at least one of the classroom teachers has completed Montessori training. All teachers have official IB training.
- The classroom spaces are specifically designed to meet the young child's academic, social, artistic, and physical needs.
- Our dual language immersion program includes a choice of Spanish/English or Mandarin/English. All languages are taught by qualified native speaking teachers.
- Specialist subjexts include music, art, physical education, and drama, each taught by teachers who are specifically trained in these disciplines.