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What makes our school different?
On the surface, PCMS is different because the children remain with one teacher for three years in a mixed age class, and that teacher teaches all subjects except PE, art and music. The children spend most of their time working in small cooperative groups, mastering the curriculum. There are many more hands-on materials in the classroom than you might find elsewhere, and the children have free access to them on the shelves. The curriculum is individualized to each child’s ability and performance level. Looking deeper, the school is different because the main emphasis is on the social development of the child. The primary goal is for the child to become an independent learner who treats others with kindness and who acts responsibly in all situations.
The mission of Portage Collaborative Montessori School is to promote respect and empower students to learn through independent and cooperative experiences. PCMS is a public alternative school serving over 200 students from the five districts in the Stark County Comprehensive Collaborative (Canton City, Lake Local, North Canton City, Plain Local, and Jackson Local). The Montessori approach is one that values the human spirit and the development of the whole child – physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
Multi-age groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori classroom. In this environment, younger students can learn from older students while older students reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This style help students better adapt to real-world situations where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions.
Who can attend?
Pre-school through middle school students from any of the five districts in the collaborative are eligible to apply:
Jackson, Lake, Plain, North Canton,
and Canton City
Enrollment is based on the number of openings allotted to each school district, and openings are limited.