Garfield Montessori Magnet School, a Decatur public school, is committed to providing a strong academic program that meets the needs of the whole child by offering a curriculum based on the principles and practices of
Dr. Maria Montessori.
The Montessori philosophy
is based on respect for the human dignity of each child. Dr. Montessori's work was dedicated to promoting a strong desire to help the child realize his or her fullest lifelong potential in society. This scientifically based system of learning incorporates a triad of child, adult and prepared environment.
To serve a diverse population by offering an educational program which fosters
peace, respect, and appreciation for all cultures
To promote home and school working together to develop a deep understanding
of children and their need for prepared environments that balance freedom and living limits.
To provide a safe and healthy learning environment where each child can
achieve his or her individual potential through exploration and discovery.
To meet and/or exceed Illinois State Learning standards.
To become a powerful source for positive change locally and globally.