Montessori Curriculum

The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Dr. Montessori’s Method has been time tested, with over 100 years of success in diverse cultures throughout the world.

It is a view of the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It is an approach that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child —physical, social, emotional, cognitive.  From the American Montessori Society 

Our students develop executive functioning skills that will serve them throughout their lives:

Order Flexibility
Concentration Trust
Coordination Leadership
Independence Collaboration
Honesty Problem-Solving

Multi-Age Classrooms

Students at City Garden learn in multi-age environments that promote peer leadership and learning in flexible but rigorous individualized pacing that leads to curriculum mastery.

Highly Qualified Guides

Our goal is to have  a lead guide (teacher) in every Primary and Elementary classroom who is both Montessori certified and Missouri state certified . Because it is very rare for teachers to have both Montessori and state certification, City Garden supports our guides in obtaining the required certifications. In addition to a lead guide, each classroom also has an assistant guide who supports the students. Guides in our junior high program have subject area certifications in math, language arts, science and social studies.  

Our instructional staff also includes two reading specialists, three special education guides (including speech therapy), an outdoor education specialist, a physical education and health guide, a Spanish guide and a music guide.

Racial and Socio-Economic Diversity

City Garden strives to embody “interactive integration”–we are an intentionally diverse school community whose goal is to go beyond numeric diversity to build a truly inclusive and equitable community. Our student body is currently 42% African American, 50% White, 5% Hispanic and 3% Multiracial, and 44% of students qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Retaining racial and socioeconomic diversity is a key priority for City Garden. We know that this diversity strengthens our program and benefits all of our students.

High Level of Parent Involvement

City Garden recognizes that parents must be viewed as partners in their children’s education. The charter school was founded by parents, and City Garden continues to engage parents and extended family in every part of its operations, from field trip chaperones and social events to anti bias, antiracism work and organizational leadership. Our staff includes a full-time Family Support Coordinator/ School Social Worker, whose role is to ensure that students and families have the support they need in order to thrive. Parents can reach out to the Family Support Coordinator in times of crisis, for help accessing community resources and with social and emotional concerns regarding their child.