Mountaintop Montessori Inclusivity Mission
Mountaintop Montessori’s inclusivity mission is to create a more inclusive community in all aspects of the school, grounded in respect and appreciation for individual differences and our multicultural society. We seek to provide programs and resources that enhance knowledge and encourage understanding of inclusivity. We strive to provide leadership, dialogue, and resources for faculty, students, and families while fostering an environment that celebrates an open-minded approach to diversity. We understand that creating a safe, diverse learning community is an ongoing process, requiring that we embrace conflict, and learn from our mistakes. The impetus for this work has come from our commitment to the Montessori philosophy, and our belief that it is our responsibility to prepare our students to become compassionate local and global citizens. We strive to create a community that is diverse in many ways, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, socioeconomic status, nationality, religion, belief systems, language, learning styles and more. We believe diversity in the classroom increases opportunities for learning and provides a richer environment for all students.
Our school is rooted in the child-centered Montessori philosophy. As such, the principal goal of our inclusivity mission is to create an educational environment that fosters in children a deep appreciation of varied individual social identities, and honors the richness of different cultures. Ultimately, our hope is to develop compassionate children who will not perceive differences as barriers, but as strengths.
We all hold a deep belief that diversity in its many forms is part of the human condition, and strengthens our educational mission and school community. We are committed to consciously creating a school where everyone feels welcomed, empowered, responsible and safe to be themselves. We work to create age-appropriate, diverse, anti-bias classrooms by:
● Promoting listening, respect, empathy, responsibility and collaboration.
● Teaching with books, visuals, and materials representing many cultures and identities.
● Encouraging our students to engage in critical thinking and safe discussions regarding social justice, identity, and inclusion.
● Celebrating the traditions of a wide variety of international and national cultures.
The Mountaintop Families
Our families value the Montessori curriculum and embrace the opportunity that a diverse learning environment offers children. We expect our families to value Mountaintop’s efforts toward building an inclusive and diverse school community. We provide opportunities for community connections and celebrations, engaging in challenging dialogue around equity and diversity, and reflecting on our school practices to promote an anti-bias and inclusive school culture. We believe that forming a partnership with our student’s families is crucial for children to experience and embody social values that are integral to becoming a responsible global citizen.