Lexington Montessori School has been educating students for success in the 21st century since 1963. Montessori and 21st century education tenets complement each other: creative thinking, solution-seeking, collaboration, innovation, ethical decision-making, and communication.

Creative Thinking

At LMS, children learn to question assumptions. They learn to respond to challenges and opportunities by imagining, improvising, and adapting.

  • Our youngest children explore relationships and discover patterns with brilliantly designed Montessori sensorial materials. 
  • LMS’ elementary students use their imagination to tackle timeless, universal questions.
  • LMS middle schoolers challenge the status quo, seeking global solutions.

Solution Seeking

LMS students learn to formulate meaningful questions. They learn to inquire, evaluate, and synthesize information  as they set goals, develop plans, and test solutions. 

  • In class meetings at every level LMS children learn to brainstorm solutions and solve problems democratically.
  • The elementary cosmic education curriculum stimulates deep thinking across subjects.
  • The LMS workshop approach offers project learning and develops goal setting, planning and reflection. Blocks of uninterrupted time encourage inquiry and experimentation.

Collaboration

Students at LMS learn to build strong partnerships within diverse teams. They learn to teach, coach, and lead others by example, accepting feedback, implementing decisions, and sharing the credit.

  • At every level, LMS youngers look to their elders for modeling and advice.
  • LMS multi-age classes encourage peer teaching, as children manipulate hands-on materials. Everyone teaches; everyone is a learner.
  • By sharing ideas and meeting different minds, teams do great creative work.

Ethical Decision-Making

LMS students learn to exhibit integrity, honesty, empathy, fairness, and respect. They develop personal, social, and civic responsibility, and they consider emerging ethical issues.

  • Sustainability and fairness are considered in every LMS decision.
  • From their earliest days at LMS, children take responsibility for themselves and their environment.
  • LMS connects our students with global partners far away.
  • LMS emphasizes process over product, and effort over potential. In this way children learn to honestly appraise their work.

Communication

LMS students learn to listen attentively, speak effectively, and write clearly. They cultivate interpersonal skills as they learn to understand and express ideas with a variety of audiences and media.

  • LMS students learn problem solving protocols and mediation skills, as they practice writing, speaking and other forms of self expression.
  • LMS’ youngest children practice explicit listening skills as they learn to solve conflicts. They share experiences and opinions at circle.
  • Elementary and Middle School students craft persuasive essays and debates.

Innovation

LMS students learn to explore and experiment in a climate of change. They build resilience through risk-taking and setbacks. They create unique ideas and products that have value and meaning.

  • The design process at LMS crosses disciplines as students create projects to show their learning. 
  • LMS children show understanding by  extending and expressing the concepts they have learned.