Commonly asked questions
In a Montessori Primary program (3-6 years), lessons are presented to an individual child while other children can observe if they are interested. In this way, the Guide addresses specific needs of the child and responds to his/her interest to attain a level of understanding. It also facilitates interpersonal communication which is so critical in life.
It has been found that children who move out of Montessori environments at the conclusion of one of these stages of development have a much easier transition than children who move in the middle of a developmental cycle.
Graduates from our school have gone on to public schools, other Montessori schools, or non-Montessori private schools. They have done well in their new environments and their new teachers have given us feedback that the children were very well prepared both socially and academically for the challenges ahead of them.
We encourage families who are considering a Montessori environment to think long-term. In Atlanta there are Montessori schools that serve children through elementary and even middle school. The longer the children are in a Montessori environment, the easier the transition to a non-Montessori school tends to be.
DMS experience primarily is ingrained in and echoes the principles and guidelines of AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) schools aligned with the Montessori philosophy and concepts laid out by Maria Montessori. DMS prides on its diverse culture and ethnic blend giving children a global perspective. Emphasis on Spanish as second language and enrichment activities Soccer, Music, Yoga, Arts, Crafts, Painting empowers children with focus, concentration and accentuates the joy of learning. DMS respects working parents and therefore offers year- round full-day (even extended hours) schedules to facilitate drop and pick-up. Summer camps also engage children in interesting educational pursuits. Above all, a home like environment amidst the natural unconventional ambience creates a friendly and comfortable atmosphere of learning for all age groups 6 weeks thru 6 years.