About

Mission Statement

School photo, 2015/2016The Summerland Montessori School (SMS) incorporates Montessori philosophy and current best teaching practices to create our unique school character. There is a greater emphasis on Montessori philosophy and practice in the younger grades (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). As the students mature and master key concepts, more traditional teaching is encouraged to help prepare students for their future educational career.

Goals and Objectives of the Summerland Montessori School

The main objective of SMS is to provide a carefully planned, stimulating environment which will help children to develop within themselves the attitudes, habits, skills and ideas essential for a lifetime of independent, creative thinking and learning.

SMS believes in educating the whole child: the emotional, social, academic, physical and moral development of each student. We offer daily physical education, daily French instruction, exposure to music and the arts, and work to foster a sense of community through leadership, mentoring, and community outreach.

Our Goals and Objectives for each of our students are as follows:

  • Develop a positive attitude toward school.
  • Build excellent study habits for a lifetime of learning.
  • Develop inner discipline, a sense of order and self-motivation.

Organizational Structure of the Summerland Montessori School

The South Okanagan Montessori School Society administers the Summerland Montessori School. The South Okanagan Montessori School Society is a not-for-profit registered charity operated by a Board of Directors. The Board is comprised of volunteer members of the school, and greater community, and is elected by its membership each year at the Annual General Meeting held in the fall.

The Board is responsible for the overall administration of the society and its programs. The Board abides by the Society’s Constitution, a copy of which is available from the Board President or Head of School.

The Head of School is responsible for the planning and implementation of the school program and the day-to-day operation of the classroom. All teachers and staff are employees of the society.