Be part of the change you want to see in education!
We believe ALL students deserve the opportunity to have the education that works best for them! PCM’s K-9th grade program offers whole-child education personalized to students' needs that prepares them, through rigorous academics, a robust social emotional program, and career and life skill development.
PCM endeavors to prepare all students to reach their full potential for future success in high school, college, career, and life, using the rich resources of our community.
PCM seeks to serve as an instrument of change, helping to progress our education system to better meet the needs of students, families, and educators.
PCM Program Pillars
We cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. Every member of our community: students, teaching staff, operations and administrative staff, our board; all model our core values that were built in collaboration with our community and take the form: We are LEADERS. Students are provided well supported authentic opportunities to hone their LEADERS skills through a broad display of leadership types that align with their personality and comfort level.
Education for the whole child
We guide student growth academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, culturally, creatively, and physically by providing an authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms, engaging hands-on materials, and an emphasis on building student agency and intrinsic motivation through respecting student choice, promoting student-led projects, employing challenging curriculum, and extending learning beyond the classroom. This whole-child approach equips students with 21st century skills to become self-empowered lifelong learners, global citizens, environmental stewards, and compassionate and collaborative leaders, capable of bringing positive changes to their communities and the world!
Continuous Cycle of Improvement
Practice makes progress! We support student growth in planning, self-reflection, and goal setting as they increasingly take ownership over their personalized work plans. Release is gradual with support as students and exhibit responsibility for their work. Our staff strive for continuous improvement as well through a rigorous reflection and coaching cycle that is driven by data. Through professional learning communities, we hold ourselves and others to high expectations and take seriously our responsibility in ensuring opportunities for success for all students.
Diversity and Collaboration
We believe that students learn best in diverse environments (racial, cultural, socioeconomic, gender, age, orientation, and cognitive or physical ability). Opportunities to collaborate in diverse environments build understanding, compassion, and strong life skills so necessary for current and future generations. As such, we commit to working together to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all members of our developmentally appropriate mixed-age classrooms.
Building a strong sense of place
Current and future careers require systems thinking, creativity, perseverance, and the ability to apply knowledge in diverse situations. We engage students with their community’s local and natural resources to build real-world connections. It is the local experiences and opportunities to contribute solutions that grounds students in an understanding of why something is important and motivates them to care. This practice improves student engagement and positions students as innovators and change-makes who understand their interconnection with their local, regional, national, and global communities.
Families as partners
Parent involvement is crucial to helping a student reach their full potential. We engage with families as partners so all feel vested and equipped with the tools necessary to make a positive contribution to the student’s development. Additionally, we expand our ‘family’ network beyond parents of students. PCM actively works to build relationships and opportunities for involvement and input with our local community partners to increase the support for each of our students. This expanded culture creates a strong and supportive educational ecosystem for students to thrive.
Inspired by the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, we meeting the needs of student in our culture, time, and place.
“The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence."
Dr. Maria Montessori
Teachers as leaders and innovators
Relying on over 100 years of accumulating best practices, Montessori-trained teachers act as learning guides while classroom assistants support classroom culture. Our classrooms assistants are trained interventionalist. Our guides are educational scientists, empowered to shape curriculum and school culture and contribute to ongoing developments in the field of education through research and the dissemination of knowledge. To achieve this goal staff and classroom assistants form professional learning communities and are supported with over 30 days of annual professional development and collaboration time.
PCM’s core values, We are LEADERS, serves as a blueprint of actions to create and reinforce the habits and language that support an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion, where differences are valued and accountability, integrity, character, and a growth mindset are fostered. Our expectations that all participants of PCM’s community—students, teachers, staff, and parents—uphold and support our core values, display our high standards for all and our intent to expand community beyond our classroom walls.