Montessori (PreK3, PreK4, 3-5 yrs.):
Developed in 1907 by the first female Italian doctor Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori method is a revolutionary educational platform of observing and supporting the natural development of children. Montessori educational practice helps children develop creativity, problem solving, social, and time-management skills while learning how to contribute to society and the environment in order to become fulfilled persons in their particular time and place on Earth.
The classroom learning environment is divided into eight symbiotic learning areas where the child’s natural senses of exploration and inquiry are entertained: Language, Art, Math, Censorial, Botany, Practical Living, Drama, and Geography. The basis of Montessori practice in the classroom is respected individual choice of research and work and uninterrupted concentration rather than group lessons led by an adult.
Research studies have shown that students who graduate from a primary Montessori program score better on standardized tests in addition to having a higher competence in basic skills and a better attitude toward school. For more information about the Montessori method please see the following: http://www.amshq.org/montessori.htm.
Grades 1-4 (Lower Division) & Grades 5-8 (Upper Division)
In concert with accreditation and professional standards, our faculty and staff instruct students according to a mix of Florida Sunshine State standards and other state standards with a proven ‘rigorous and relevant profile’ as recommended by various professional educational organizations and agencies such as the NSF, CCSSO, ICLE,NCTM, NCTE, NSTA, and NCSS among others. All texts and resources are current and none are less than two years old in publication date. Students are expected to graduate MAGO having taken Algebra I: A full year ahead of our public school counterparts.
We make a concerted effort to weave in Islamic studies into all subjects while finding every opportunity to make cross-curricular connections so as to make learning more authentic and therefore more interesting and applicable to our students. Islam is not a subject that is taught , but is a way of life.
The MAGO Motive
In addition to offering our students the best that a private school education can furnish, MAGO also plans insha’Allah to provide our students with an array of unique elective classes. From having the opportunity to learn business by managing and operating our school store, to discovering how the measurement of angles and precision cutting relates to the marketing and sale of a nightstand by way of their Woodshop&Industrial Arts class, to then understand and implement proper hygiene when baking in their Home Economics class, to then manipulate the intricacies of a non-linear digital editing suite in the production and editing of televised morning announcements, to then creatively record these MAGO experiences onto their own website as developed in their Computer Science and Web Design classes, our students will insha’Allah have the best of an exciting, well-rounded, and authentically universal education culminating with the realization that Islam is not simply a subject that is taught but is a complete way of living.