Welcome to Mariposa Montessori School. The word mariposa, which means “butterfly” in Spanish, aptly captures the creative and independent spirit of the children’s educational experience. A butterfly symbolizes a new beginning and awakening to novel and exciting experiences; also, the wings of a butterfly signify independence and freedom. Mariposa Montessori prides itself in helping develop and encourage the independent spirit of children - allowing them to soar to uncharted heights.
A blend of dedicated teaching, administrative leadership, and notable parent involvement creates a remarkable community at Mariposa Montessori, fostering positive and interdependent relationships among the children, their families, their peers and the world around them.
Mariposa Montessori, a 501©, not-for-profit school, operates under the direction of a Board of Directors. Mariposa Montessori opened in September 2001.
Dr. Maria Montessori was an Italian physician, educator, and innovator acclaimed for her educational method that builds on the way children naturally learn. Based on her observations, Dr. Montessori believed that children who are at liberty to choose and act freely, within an environment prepared per her model, would act spontaneously to ensure their optimal development.
She developed a child-centered curriculum based on the premise that the mind of a child is like a sponge – absorbing everything, always at the ready to learn something new. The primary goal of Montessori education is to help children reach their full potential: where education is viewed not just as a means to an end, but as an aid to life; where the method for learning comes not from a curriculum, but from the natural development of the child; a place where creativity, innovation, and individuality are valued as much as concentration, motivation, and persistence; where your child is not just a student, but also a teacher.
Montessori education is fundamentally an approach based on a basic framework of human development. The model has two basic principles. First, children and developing adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development.