The educational philosophy and methods of instruction supporting DMA’s mission and distinguishing its program include the following, each of which maps specifically to the Goals & Objectives hereinafter enumerated:
- Individualized & Differentiated Learning
- Mixed-age Groupings
- Integrated Teaching & Learning
- Prepared Environment
- Role of Teachers to Observe, Guide & Assess
- Classroom Environment of Respect & Character Education
The Dixie Montessori Academy environment and curriculum will thus be based on the freedom of a highly individualized and self-directed education within the specifically “prepared environment” of vertical (multi-age) classrooms, specialized didactic materials, careful teacher observation and guidance, and a strong commitment to the values of self-discipline and respect. DMA’s educational program will likewise include frequent opportunities for parental involvement, regular and specific assessment of progress, and ongoing web-based reporting. Assessment and reporting take place within a structure of explicit alignment between the Montessori curriculum and the Utah Common Core Standards.