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“Let us give the child a vision of the whole universe…for all things are part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.” -- Maria Montessori

Mission Statement
students working in a groupThe Tobin Montessori Mission is to combine the best practices of Montessori philosophy and public education to develop children who are resilient learners, and who construct together cooperative, caring communities.

Vision Statement
At the Tobin Montessori School children become resourceful, resilient learners; together we construct cooperative, caring communities—within the classroom, the school and the world.

Read the Tobin Montessori School Pledge while listening to the School Song >>

Tobin Core Values
We value Montessori philosophy & public education; therefore, we are committed to:

Multi-age classrooms focused on developmental needs of children,
Cosmic education using Great Lessons
Self-correcting Montessori materials
Self-motivated learner's construct their own educational path by making spontaneous work choices.

We Value Resourceful, resilient learners:

Therefore, we are committed to a responsive adaptive learning environment where children feel safe enough to take risks.
Emphasis on hands-on learning
Curriculum is aligned with Massachusetts curriculum frameworks
Students engage in long-term projects in which they research, design, and critique final products in order to achieve self-realized competence.
A school which activates and engages the students curiosity and interest and the self-initiated activity is considered its own reward.

student using a tablet to learn math

We Value Cooperative, caring communities:


Therefore, we are committed to coming together to develop common social norms that define our school culture. (Liberty within Limits).
Children using multiple tools and strategies for conflict resolution
Morning meetings set tone for community building
Adults model peaceful interactions for children
Adult community takes responsibility for all children
Emphasize natural consequences & intrinsic rewards over external rewards & punishments

We Value classroom to world connections that help the student “adapt the being he is constructing to the conditions of the world about him.” Therefore, we commit to:

Students “go out” and engage in community-based learning
Immersion in the natural world is a regular feature of student learning
Immersion in the international and cultural world reflects the community’s diverse population and is reflected in classroom learning
The beauty and order of classrooms, the building, and surroundings are aligned with Montessori philosophy

View the 2014 - 2016 School Improvement Plan >>