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Mission, Vision, and Core Values

An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live. 

Maria Montessori, Education and Peace, p. 30

MISSION

Grounded in the tradition of Dr. Maria Montessori, Hershey Montessori School provides carefully prepared learning environments for children from birth to 18 years. Our community fosters personal and academic growth, independence, confidence, responsibility and joyful lifelong learning.

VISION

Children will develop as whole human beings with a strong sense of self, community and the natural world, reaching adulthood as leaders, models and contributors to peace.

CORE VALUES

We believe human beings construct themselves by interacting with their social, intellectual, and physical environments. Infants, children and adolescents develop through structure and freedom, while nurtured in an atmosphere of beauty and respect in our intentionally prepared learning environments. 

 

We value:

  • the individuality and potential of each child
  • the innate desire to learn and create
  • interaction with the natural world as an essential component of the individual’s development
  • purposeful activity and engagement in the wider community
  • genuine Montessori practices and materials upholding the standards of AMI (Association Montessori Internationale)
  • highly skilled Montessori guides dedicated to serving children and adolescents
  • diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and how they align with foundational principles for human rights of all 
  • continued personal and professional growth for all of our staff
  • a culture of creativity, fulfillment and trust
  • collaborative work among children, adolescents and adults
  • families engaged in their children’s learning and the school community
  • mindful stewardship of our natural environment
  • education for a just and peaceful world
  • a scientific approach to the needs of human development which includes medical, environmental and social sciences
  • decision-making governance rooted in science and the fundamental needs of humans
  • wellbeing of humanity that informs decisions and agreements for our community, such as wearing masks or other scientifically reviewed practices, in a global pandemic
  • commitment to child and adolescent lived awareness of interdependency between personal needs, humanity, and the environment, in context of equitably stewarded and shared resources
  • human solidarity in time and space as a key principle informing our teaching, learning and practice 
  • the developmental needs, at each stage of development, that govern decisions, responses and prototyping of new ideas

ASPIRATION STATEMENTS

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