Preparing Children for the Twenty-First Century

The American Montessori Society identifies the following goals and outcomes for all students attending Montessori Schools.  These are:

  • Independence
  • Social confidence and competence
  • Academic Competence
  • Autonomy
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Social responsibility
  • Spiritual awareness – understanding self
  • Global citizenship

In addition, Montessori graduates site the following attributes as ones that are developed during their Montessori preschool and elementary years:

  • Persistence
  • Thinking and Communicating with Clarity and Precision
  • Managing Impulsivity
  • Gathering Data Through all Senses
  • Listening with Understanding and Empathy
  • Creating, Imaging and Innovation
  • Thinking Flexibly
  • Responding with Wonderment and Awe
  • Thinking about Thinking (Metacognition)
  • Taking Responsible Risks
  • Striving for Accuracy
  • Finding Humor
  • Questioning and Posing Problems
  • Thinking Interdependently
  • Applying Past Knowledge to New Situations

Notable Montessori Graduates

  • Joshua Bell, violinist
  • Elizabeth Berridge, theater actor
  • Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder of Amazon.com
  • David Blaine, magician
  • T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician and author
  • Mathew Bronsil, puppeteer and comedian
  • Julia Child, chef
  • Chelsea Clinton
  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Kami Cotler, actor
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, rapper and CEO of Bad Boy Records
  • Peter Drucker, management guru
  • Dakota Fanning, actor
  • Anne Frank, writer
  • Melissa Gilbert, actor/director
  • Sara Gilbert, actor
  • Katherine Graham, owner/editor of the Washington Post
  • Freidensrich Hundertwasser, painter and architect
  • Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Beyonce Knowles, singer/songwriter, actrice and fashion designer
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, nobel prize winning writer
  • Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, editor for Doubleday
  • Larry Page and Sergey Brin, founders of Google.com
  • Alan Ricman, actor and theater director
  • Lea Salonga, singer and Broadway actress
  • Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia
  • William Wright, video game designer (The Sims)
  • Princes William and Harry of Wales
  • Princess Euginie of York