All students are required to have on file a Florida Certificate
of Immunization (Form DH 680), Student Physical Examination
Certificate (HRS-H Form 3040). Kindergarten students are
required Hepatitis B Vaccine series.
As part of the admission process we require all applicants
to have an official transcript containing grades, attendance,
standardized test scores, completed teacher recommendations
from the current English and Mathematics teacher, health,
immunization records, and birth certificate for applicants
entering kindergarten through eighth grade. At the end of
the academic year, all applicants must submit an official
transcript with final grades. It is the parents’ responsibility
to request the final transcript.
Applicants for our kindergarten
program are evaluated in terms of their developmental skills.
Applicants in first through eighth grade are evaluated in
areas of general ability, reading comprehension, mathematics
and writing skills. Applicants to the Maria Montessori Academy/
Inclusion class are required to take a basic evaluation test
in English and in mathematics and must provide a copy of
a neurodevelopment evaluation or psycho educational evaluation.
Grade placement recommendation of transferring school shall
normally be honored. However, if the principal, in consultation
and agreement with the appropriate grade level teacher and
the parent, feels that the student is incapable of satisfactory
work at that level, the Montessori School of North Miami
reserves the right to place the child according to the recommendations
of the Principal.
MARIA MONTESSORI ACADEMY / INCLUSION
CLASS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS
The Maria Montessori Academy
offers inclusive education in all grades. Inclusive means
that all students in the school, regardless of their weaknesses
in any area, become part of the school community. They are
included in the feeling of belonging among other students,
teachers, and support staff. The Maria Montessori Academy’s
main objective is to meet the needs of students with particular
Learning Disabilities and to mainstream them into regular
high schools. When good inclusion is in place, the child
who needs the inclusion does not stand out. The inclusive
curriculum includes strong parental involvement, students
making choices, and a lot of hands-on and heads-on involvement.
The Maria Montessori Academy
provides a clinical curriculum for students in multi-age
inclusive classes starting in Grade
3 through Grade 8. Our environment and methods of instruction
permits each child to accomplish conventional academic
skills. Students are taught the basic subject areas of math,
arts, science and social studies in an approach individually
designed to their learning style. Speech and occupational
therapy are integrated throughout the curriculum if required.
The cost for these therapies is not included in the monthly
The multi-age inclusive
class is completely incorporated and taught by a learning
specialist. Our learning specialists
in addition to applying the Montessori Method, have also
attended the various workshops from Linda Mood-Bell (Seeing
Stars for reading and spelling, Visualizing and Verbalizing
for reading comprehension, On Cloud Nine Math for mathematics,
and LiPS for phonemic awareness), all these techniques
successfully address the needs of each child.
ADVANCED ACADEMIC PLACEMENT SCHOOL
Our advanced academic program
starts in fourth grade and is designed for those students
who are able to work at a
higher level. Our graduating lower elementary students and
other students that have attended other Montessori schools
will flourish in this academic environment. Our teachers
design the yearly curriculum and the appropriate homework.
Students are expected to maintain a combined GPA of 3.0.
An alternative program of basic courses will be provided
in after school tutoring for students in need of additional
support. These special programs are individually designed
to meet each student’s potential.
AFTER SCHOOL TUTORING
Students who have difficulties with homework assignments
may schedule after school tutoring sessions (3 students
group) at $40.00 per hour. We can also recommend private