About Hermosa Montessori School's Programs

Hermosa is a private Tucson preschool and a tuition-free public charter school for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students.

Developed in the 20th century by Italy's first female physician, Dr. Maria Montessori, the Montessori Method is now used is schools all over the world. At Hermosa Montessori the Montessori philosophy and method guide our pre-school, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school programs. At each level the programs are designed to address the developmental needs of children as individuals and help them develop at their own pace. Each program builds on the one before it, providing challenges appropriate to both age and skill levels. Hermosa's curriculum is innovative, and easily teaches essential 21st century skills along with all traditional core curriculum areas.

Montessori Education vs. Traditional Education

A Montessori program and certified teachers implement a program that is different than the traditional educational program most parents remember from their youth. Here are some of the things you can expect from a Montessori program vs. a traditional school method.


  1. Emphasis on cognitive structures and social development
  2. Teacher's role is unobtrusive; child actively participates in learning
  3. Environment and method encourage internal self-discipline
  4. Individual and group instruction adapts to each student's learning style
  5. Mixed age grouping
  6. Children encouraged to teach, collaborate, and help each other
  7. Child chooses own work from interests, abilities
  8. Child formulates concepts from self-teaching materials
  9. Child works as long as s/he wants on chosen project
  10. Child sets own learning pace to internalize information
  11. Child spots own errors through feedback from material
  12. Learning is reinforced internally through child's own repetition of activity, internal feelings of success repetition
  13. Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration development
  14. Organized program for learning care of self and self-care environment (shoe polishing, sink washing, etc.)
  15. Child can work where s/he is comfortable, moves and talks at will (yet doesn't disturb others); group work is voluntary and negotiable
  16. Organized program for parents to understand the Montessori Method


  1. Emphasis on rote knowledge and social development
  2. Teacher's role is dominant, active; child is a passive participant
  3. Teacher is primary enforcer of external discipline
  4. Individual and group instruction conforms to the adults' teaching style
  5. Same age grouping
  6. Most teaching done by teacher and collaboration is discouraged
  7. Curriculum structured with little regard for child's interests
  8. Child is guided to concepts by teacher
  9. Child usually given specific time for work
  10. Instruction pace set by group norm or teacher
  11. Errors corrected by teacher
  12. Learning is reinforced externally by rewards, discouragements
  13. Few materials for sensory, concrete manipulation
  14. Little emphasis on instruction or classroom maintenance
  15. Child assigned seat; encouraged to sit still and listen during group sessions
  16. Voluntary parent involvement, often only as fundraisers, not participants in understanding the learning process

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An Excelling School

Hermosa is proud to be an excelling Tucson charter school--the highest rank Arizona awards to schools.

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Hermosa Montessori School is located in a distinctive Tucson location especially chosen for its beauty.

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Montessori Method

Montessori is both a philosophy and psychology of child growth and development--and an educational system for guiding such growth.

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