The staff of Francis W. Parker Montessori School 56 believes that we have the responsibility to develop the whole child according to the principles of the Montessori Philosophy: physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually, within a safe and positive learning environment.

We believe that expectations should be high for all students and staff, and that a variety of strategies, experiences, technologies, and assessments are needed to encourage children to develop skills necessary for life-long learning.

We believe that it is important to have the involvement and cooperation of parents and community members to help develop attitudes leading to caring and productive citizens in an ever-changing society.


 Maria Montessori

Education is not what the teacher gives: education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual, and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences upon the environment. The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of cultural activity, spread over a specifically prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference. Doing so he/she will witness the unfolding of a new adult who will not be the victim of events, but will have a clarity of vision to direct and shape the future of human society.

~ Maria Montessori