Choosing between a Montessori School and Regular School

We as parents want our children to get the best education possible. Many believe the type of school we choose determines how our child learns and the quality of the education they receive. Is this true? If so what school is the best option for my child a regular school or a Montessori school? Let’s take a look at each school to help when facing this decision.

A Montessori school is a schooling system that will allow your child to learn from all 5 of their senses and not just by sight or sound. Children in these schools are allowed to learn at their own pace and the things in which they choose pursue and show an interest in. Children in these schools are placed in not a one or two year age group but a three year age group. What this means is that your 3 year old has the possibility of sharing class with a 6 year old. The age for this school range from infancy to adolescent. Montessori schools allow one teacher and one teacher aide to over see 30 or so students. This is not difficult due to the fact that a teacher will have a student for 3 years and that a lot of the children’s time is spent teaching themselves. These schools have no grading system. The child is monitored by their teacher and a portfolio of each child is formed to show how well they are developing. Subjects are wide spread from learning musical talent to basic education. Montessori schools allow children the chance to spend their time learning what they choose to learn instead of things they are forced to learn. These schools are rather expensive in price ranging from around $2550 for a 3 hour day for your 3-6 year old to $4300 for a 6 hour day.

Regular traditional schools allow your child to learn a variety of different subjects. The child may favor certain subjects over others but they must learn from each. This system often allows children to find interest in areas that they had no idea they would like and enjoy. An academic level must be achieved and maintained in order to progress through grades. Grades start as young as 5 in Kindergarten and up to 18 as a Senior in high school. Today public schools are becoming over crowded. This is allowing teachers less time to spend with individual students who made need extra attention to continue to succeed. Many traditional schools will offer after school tutoring should your child need extra attention in an area. This will allow the child to not fall behind the rest of the class on their academic achievements. Traditional schools are much more affordable than Montessori schools. Traditional schools are the schools that most children attend in their life. Traditional schools will prepare children for advancement past high school on into college where they can then take the subjects they enjoyed and build upon to establish a career when completed.

Each of these type schools have benefits as well as down falls. The decision of where to school your child ultimately falls to the children’s parents. You should consider your child when making this decision. You must look to find the best opportunity for them to succeed not only while in school but also once they have advanced beyond the school environment. The choice is yours!