Our mission is to prepare and provide the most natural and life supporting environment for the child, observing the child and continually adapting the environment to support the fulfillment of the child’s greatest potential—physically, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Our GOALS are:
To support the development of the whole child into a productive, peaceful, and creative member of the classroom, the family and local, as well as global community, through a curriculum based upon Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy and child development theory, and with an environment designed to help the child:
1. Increase intellectual abilities
2. Develop personal autonomy
3. Practice effective, positive communication skills
4. Learn constructive decision-making processes
5. Exercise self-discipline and self-control
6. Discover the joy of learning that fosters a love of education for life
7. Feel joyful and self-confident
8. Choose actions which demonstrate respect for self and others
The History of Mission Montessori
Mission Montessori on the Desert, a private school, opened in 1995.
JoDene Tryon, an educator for over twenty-five years, founded the school to offer a beautiful learning environment for children ages 2 through 6 using the methods of education developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. The school is located within St. Anthony on the Desert church, at 12990 E. Shea Boulevard.
- In May 2000, at the request of parents who were anxious for their children to have the opportunity to continue their Montessori education into the elementary years, Mission Montessori was granted a state charter. Mission Montessori Academy, the first Montessori school to be chartered by the Arizona State Board of Education, opened August 14, 2000.
- Mission Montessori School was granted a use permit by the City of Scottsdale and in December 2003, opened a second campus located at 11050 N. 96th Street. The elementary then expanded its program to include 4th, 5th and 6th grades (E2).
- In the summer of 2009 we added a third campus at 9575 E. Larkspur, which became an extension for our toddler, primary, and lower elementary programs.
The summer of 2011 produced a lot of changes. We converted the Larkspur building to use for the upper elementary classes and also added a brand new charter Middle School program. The 96th St. Academy campus became exclusively 1st through 3rd grade. We also added a fourth campus at 9390 E. Cactus Rd, to be used as a second school for our toddler and primary programs.