Caveat emptor! Not every school which claims to be a Montessori school adheres to the founder's standards and methods. That is because the name Montessori has never been protected by trademark or copyright law. As a result, you can have a Montessori school of any strength of Montessori-ness you can imagine. In truth, the genuine article is a school which is a member of the American Montessori Society. It will have been officially sanctioned by the association. It will have certified Montessori teachers using Montessori methods and equipment. That is not to say that a school which claims to be a Montessori school but is not part of the national association is any less good or effective. That, as always, depends on the quality of the teachers and teaching. Just be aware that Montessori has become a household name, much like 'Xerox' is synonymous with 'copying'.
What, then, is so appealing about Dr. Montessori's methods? At the heart of her philosophy is the idea that children learn differently from adults and that they should be allowed to learn wherever and whatever their own innate curiosity inspires them to do. Learning by rote is eschewed....
International schools are concentrated in major urban areas as a rule. However, you will find schools in some rather unlikely places. It is always a good idea to ask your consulate or embassy for suggestions. Most are day schools. That works well for a young family.
- American Hebrew Academy
- Atlanta International School
- Austin International School
- Awty International School
- British American School of Charlotte
- The British International School of New York
- British School of Boston
- British School of Chicago
- British School of Houston
- British School of Washington
- Chinese American International School
- Dallas International School
- French Immersion School of Washington
- French American School of Los Angeles
- French American School of New York
- German-American International...
But what about south of the border? The expansion of the National Hockey League into southern and western states has created a whole new following. Thousands of young men suddenly want to be professional hockey players. They love the fast pace and excitement of Canada's national sport. So, if your son or daughter (yes, many coed and girls schools mount girls' hockey teams) is clamoring to go to a 'hockey' school, then, you can't do much better than some of the schools on the list below. These fine American private schools enjoy a great reputation for excellent hockey teams as well as superb academics. Who knows! Maybe he will end up on an NHL team.
- Albany Academy
- Avon Old Farms
- Belmont Hill
- Berkshire School
- Choate Rosemary Hall
- The Gunnery
- Kent School
- Nichols School
- Proctor Academy
- Shattuck-St. Mary's
- South Kent
The Various Denominations
The Protestant schools include the Christian schools, the Lutherans, Baptists, Presbyterians and Episcopalians and more. These branches of the church offer thousands of schools.