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Our Passion for Education

Welcome to Council Oak Montessori School, where our passion for education shows in each child’s joyful eyes, in each teacher’s inspiring voice, and in each classroom’s inviting warmth. Visit our school and you will see how we are more than just a daycare or a traditional private school. Our mission is to equip students, from infant through 8th grade, with the essential knowledge, thinking skills, and strength of character required to flourish as joyous children today and as successful adults tomorrow. Starting with authentic Montessori for infants and progressing to a rigorous upper school curriculum, our students become well prepared for a life-time of personal and academic success. Discover what Council Oak can do for your child: explore our programs, read our blog, attend an event, schedule a tour!

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Why Council Oak?

What are your goals for your child’s education? What types of knowledge and skill sets do you want her to acquire during her critical early years of education? What type of person do you want her to be when she is twenty-five?

As you choose a school for your child, your answers to these questions can guide your choice. How will the school you choose shape your child? Will the school’s educational philosophy result in the outcomes you value? Will it prepare her for a successful life?

Different schools place different emphasis on what matters in the classroom. At a fundamental level, some schools focus on the method of learning. Their main goal is teaching children how to learn—how to tackle any new problem, how to become self-motivated. This approach is associated with progressive education and such thinkers as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Dewey and John Holt…

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