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Teaching Philosopy


We are so pleased you are considering St Christopher’s By-the-Sea Montessori for your child’s education. We know how important it is to find the perfect fit for your child to thrive and excel while feeling safe and supported. Our St. Christopher’s Community offers exceptional curriculum in a nurturing environment. Come see how we do things at St. Chris.


Learning Environment


The environment is arranged according to subject area, and children are always free to move around the room instead of staying at desks. There is no limit to how long a child can work with a piece of material. At any one time in a day all subjects – math, language, science, history, geography, art, music, etc., will be studied at all levels. 

” Teach by teaching, not by correcting ” 

There are no papers turned back with red marks and corrections. Instead the child’s effort and work is respected as it is. The teacher, through extensive observation and record-keeping, plans individual projects to enable each child to learn what they need to improve. 

Order, Coordination, Concentration, and Independence Classroom design, materials, and daily routines support the individual’s emerging “self-regulation” toddlers through adolescents.  

All Ages

Multi Age Grouping

Children are grouped in mixed ages and abilities in three to six year spans: 0-3, 3-6, 6-9, 9-12. There is constant interaction, problem solving, child to child teaching, and socialization. Children are challenged according to their ability and seldom bored.


Three-Hour Work Periods

Students at St. Christopher’s enjoy two to three hours uninterrupted work periods from Early Childhood on. These uninterrupted work periods allow for intense concentration and focused activity.



In Montessori, we look for the mastery of skills instead of a particular grade on a test. Assessments are done primarily through teacher observation and demonstrating their knowledge of the didactic materials. Students learn to look critically at their work and become adept at recognizing and self-correcting

“The real purpose of education is to prepare the orientation for future generations, who will progress to a new plane. ” 
– Maria Montessori 
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