SCHOOL
of
the
WOODS
MONTESSORI EDUCATION
1321 Wirt Road, Houston, Texas 77055

Celebrating 56 Years
of Learning!

1962 - 2018

American
Montessori
Society (AMS)
Full
Member
School
     

Program
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Performing Arts
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American Montessori
Society (AMS)

Full Member School

   

Montessori Education

 

School History

School of the Woods began its first pre-school class in September of 1962. We've been in operation at the same location ever since. We provide our students with a college preparatory Montessori curriculum.

 

The Montessori Method

Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children learn best by interacting with objects and people in their environment.

At School of the Woods, we incorporate that powerful central learning principle in every classroom, in all our educational materials and activities. Our precisely and carefully prepared classroom environments and learning materials develop cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement.

Throughout all our levels, we embrace cross-age learning in classroom groupings. Younger students accelerate their maturity and understanding by interacting with older students with more advanced skills. Likewise, older children and adolescents reinforce and restructure their own understanding through that same interactive process, even as they serve as learning models and mentors for their younger classmates.

 

Our dedicated faculty members love teaching at School of the Woods

  • Average faculty tenure is 16 years
  • Montessori credentialed faculty at all levels
  • Advanced degrees are held by 30% of the faculty, and by 50% of the faculty in grades 4-12
  • Each member of the staff is required to complete 24 hours of continuing education each year
  • Our teachers guide, direct and interact personally and in collaboration with the students. They are true partners in educating the whole student.

 


School of the Woods Difference

 

Holistic Approach

Academic achievement is not enough for us at School of the Woods. We care about the physical, psychosocial and moral aspects of each student. Our goal is that students become confident, competent, enthusiastic, self-directed learners.

 

Advisors and Mentors

The multi-age classroom typically spanning 3 years re-creates a family structure. Older students enjoy stature as mentors and role models; younger children feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead. Students learn respect, empathy, and a belief in peaceful conflict resolution.

At the High School Level one faculty advisor is assigned to each student for all four years of High

School. Students are well known by their advisor who becomes a trusted guide through high school, the college application process and beyond.

 

Student Centered Learning

With the teacher as their guide, students are active participants in their work activities. Having choice leads to internal satisfaction and drives curiosity and interest, resulting in joyous learning that is sustainable over a lifetime.

 

Empowered Learners

Our students enhance personal growth and self-knowledge, develop communication skills and self-expression, create a community, and engage in meaningful and challenging work. They are empowered to persist through future challenges.

 

Beyond the Classroom

 

Field Studies

Field studies extend learning beyond the classroom and school environment. Beginning in the fourth grade and continuing through high school, students travel for field studies to practice archeology, dig for fossils, study marine life, work the land, and represent a country at the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City.

 

Service Learning & Internships

Service learning goes beyond community service by including preparation, participation, and reflection. Students learn through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet a genuine community need and are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community. Additionally, Middle and High School students participate in business internships to gain insight and experience in a field of interest.

 

Outdoor Learning

Each classroom environment has its own outdoor patio and garden space extending the learning to the outside. Square foot gardening, individual and small group work, art projects, and sensorial learning all take place in these outdoor spaces. Our extensive playgrounds and fields provide room for free play, organized games and skill building. Students learn, play and eat lunch outside every day.

 

Extra-Curricular Programs

Dance and Creative Movement for ages 21/2-18 years
Gymnastics for ages 21/2-6 years
Instrumental Music for ages 9-18 years

Acoustic Guitar and African Hand Drums
Choir for ages 9-12
Athletics for Middle and High School

Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Track & Field, and Volleyball

Musical Theatre and Performance Arts Workshops

 

Small and Mighty

 

360 Students
Pre-school through 12th grade

American Montessori Society Full Member School Accredited by AdvanceED (Southern Association of

Colleges and Schools) and Texas Education Agency.

A Texas non-profit Corporation

(I.R.S. Section 501 (c)(3) Organization)

School of the Woods is an independent, co-educational day school providing college preparatory Montessori Education to a diverse student body from more than 60 different zip codes throughout the greater Houston area.

Curious learners

Independent Workers

 

 

 Copyright © 2000-2018
   School of the Woods
 
NOTICE OF NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS
The School of the Woods, a Montessori school, admits students of any race, color, national & ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs & activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national & ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship & loan programs & athletic & other school administered programs.
   
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