Over 100 years ago, Dr. Maria Montessori observed that children learn best by doing. Her extensive research produced a teaching method, which matches teaching styles to the intellectual, emotional, and social development of children.
As a Montessori school, we are different from conventional schools. Our first commitment is to the multi-dimensional development of the child. Our curriculum is challenging and appropriate. Parents of our graduates tell us that their children are ready and well prepared for high school and are poised for successful futures in college and life in the 21st century.
At GMS, we believe a Montessori education is truly a gift for each child, and we will do everything in our power through our Parent-Teacher-Child Partnership to support the independence and education of the whole child; academically, socially and emotionally.
The Parent-Teacher-Child Partnership was developed by a group of faculty, staff and parents who worked together to craft a bold statement about what it means to be a partner in your child’s education at GMS. Students, parents, faculty and staff are all members of the GMS learning environment and play an integral role in the development of each student and ultimately each graduate. The Partnership defines what parents, the child, and the school should expect of each throughout the child’s educational journey at GMS. As a current or prospective GMS parent, we want parents and partners who:
Parent-Teacher-Child Partnership Expectations chart - CLICK HERE
Our Portrait of a Graduate describes what a long-term GMS student will become: a 14 year old who is confident, creative, motivated and loves learning. A GMS graduate is a critical thinker, a problem solver, and a peacemaker, has awareness and facility with a second language, and practices stewardship and care for the environment.
Our graduates have continued their educations at the following high schools where they are praised as confident, intelligent and independent thinkers who are self-motivated, compassionate and highly respectful of others.
Our older graduates have continued onto the following colleges and universities:
American University , Appalachian State University , Berklee College of Music, Campbell University, Columbia University, Duke University, Edward Lang College The New School, Elon University, East Carolina University , George Washington University, Georgia Tech , Goucher College, Guilford Technical Community College, Harvard University, High Point University, Hollins University, Johnson & Wales University , Kansas City Art Institute, Linkopings Universitet (Sweden) , New York University , North Carolina State University, Salem College, The New School (NYC), University of North Carolina at Asheville, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Virginia Intermont College and Western Carolina University