Pacific Rim Montessori Academy follows a structured program adhering to AMI principles and offers a half day preschool program and an extended day for kindergarten. PRMA offers a full elementary program at the new Steveston location.
The mixed-age group facilitates the child’s development by creating a positive and collaborative environment. The younger children observe the older ones allowing an effortless means to learn. In turn, the older children foster the part of a natural role model. With the three year cycle, each child has an opportunity to be the youngest and oldest in the group. This natural process creates an environment that allows a child to develop independence and self-confidence. Alongside this, the school offers what is essentially an Individual Education Plan which starts in primary and continues throughout kindergarten and elementary.
“The child’s development follows a path of successive stages of independence, and our knowledge of this must guide us in our behaviour towards him. We have to help the child to act, will and think for himself. This is the art of serving the spirit, an art which can be practised to perfection only when working among children” – Maria Montessori