More than 110 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori started an educational method that continues to be validated by modern scientific research. Dr. Montessori, an Italian physician and scientist, believed that each child is unique and learns at his own pace. This innovative thinking shaped a new type of learning environment designed to spark the individual interests of each child, fueling curiosity and hands-on exploration for a life-long love of learning.
As Dr. Montessori noted, children use all five of their senses effortlessly to absorb knowledge from the environment, and have “sensitive periods” for learning that coincide with human development. HPMS honors Dr. Montessori’s methodology in which classrooms are mixed-age and mixed-ability communities. The older role models master concepts by teaching them to younger students, who tend to admire them as the leaders of the classroom community. All children have an innate love of learning.