Pines Montessori School

aka Pines Montessori School   |   Kingwood, TX   |  www.pinesmontessori.com

Mission

Pines Montessori School contributes significantly to a better world through learning experiences based on authentic Montessori principles and practices.

Ruling year info

1982

Head of School

Patty Sobelman

Main address

3535 Cedar Knolls Drive

Kingwood, TX 77339 USA

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EIN

74-2196448

NTEE code info

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Since 1977, our school's only mission has been to provide an authentic Montessori education. This is our purpose and this is our joy. We want for as many children and families to benefit from this form of education as possible because we believe that a Montessori education is an imperative in our ever-changing world. Kindness, truthfulness and peace have been lost in our hurry up world. Wisdom has been replaced with skill drills; wonder replaced with rush. Grit, “sticktoitiveness", resiliency; these are the “soft" skills that are “hard" to acquire when a child is not given the time to think, explore and apply their knowledge. Time to succeed and time to fail. Time to dust themselves off and get back up again. This is the way we address the “problem" in conventional education.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Montessori Infant Community

Our Infant community serves children from 6 weeks of age to 18 months. Dr. Maria Montessori believed that education as an "Aid to Life” begins from the period of pregnancy. In this nurturing environment at Pines, our teachers will meet the unique needs of both infants’ and their parents’ as their children begin their path toward independence

Population(s) Served

The Toddler community is designed around the basic Montessori concept of "freedom within limits.” The environment is prepared with age-appropriate materials and exercises that encourage each child’s natural curiosity and enthusiasm. The equipment in the prepared environment and separate toddler playground areas, as well as the consistency of our routines, have all been carefully designed to foster the development of our youngest students.

Population(s) Served

The Primary community at Pines Montessori School covers a three-year cycle for children 3, 4, 5-6 years of age. Each class is a multi-age grouping, balanced for gender and developmental stage. That means every student has a chance to be both leader and follower. Dr. Montessori showed that learning results from the interaction of a child’s internal thought and external experience in the world around them. To encourage children to explore this world and organize their knowledge of it, we prepare the classroom environment with activities and material that are appealing and enjoyable but serious in purpose and effect.

Population(s) Served

Our Elementary community is divided into two multi-aged group levels: Lower (first, second & third) and Upper (fourth, fifth & sixth). The academic program at this level is strong in skill development and broad in character. We believe that basic proficiencies and critical thinking skills are essential. We emphasize the values of independence, cooperation, and self-discipline. Education is more than learning factual information; it is the ability to concentrate, to read and write fluently, to research confidently, to complete projects, and to work productively, both individually and in a group. This format for learning is one that builds knowledge, working with concrete materials which lead to the abstract and critical thinking skills. The Montessori approach along with additional approaches and materials from larger non-Montessori educational community meets individual needs. This combination provides opportunities for enrichment beyond the basic curriculum. Individualized pacing and flexibility in the classroom program meets varied styles of learning.

Population(s) Served

The Pines Montessori Middle School courses of study reflect an integration of the Montessori philosophy, the Texas elements of knowledge and skills, the newest research on the developmental needs of early adolescents, the state of the art in current learning theory, and the predictions of the skills needed for a productive life in the twenty-first century.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 2011

Affiliations & memberships

American Montessori Society 1992

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 1996

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of family members participating in school activities

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers involved in school-wide decisions about student learning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To prepare children (infants through teenagers) for life through learning experiences based on authentic Montessori principles and practices.

To provide Montessori certified instructors and highly qualified assistants at each level of community learning – infant, toddler, primary, lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and eventually high school

We have Montessori certified teachers at each community level sufficient to provide instruction to a growing population of students. We have current staff who are willing to take Montessori training at the high school level for the time when we can expand to that community level.

We purchased an additional building which is now the home of our Middle School students, built to support their unique developmental needs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pines Montessori School

Board of directors
as of 2/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Connie Chandler

Minuteman Press

Term: 2015 - 2018

Connie Chandler

Kathleen Goerner

Pam McNair

Jonathan Randolph

Natalie Gaskamp

George Foreman, IV

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No