“Education is a
natural process spontaneously carried out by the human
individual and is acquired not through listening to words but
experiences in the environment.“
- Dr. Maria Montessori
The Damariscotta Montessori
School provides a rich, nurturing educational environment for
pre-school and elementary aged children. The school was founded
in 1991, and in 2006 became the first
accredited Montessori school in the state of Maine by the
American Montessori Society.
Nestled along an expansive row of majestic maple trees that line
Center Street, our beautifully converted turn of the century
farm house and barn house the classrooms and offices of the
Damariscotta Montessori School. Outside the children play
and learn on our beautifully landscaped 4.5 acre campus.
The school serves children ages 2 1/2 -14 in our primary, elementary,
and adolescent/middle school programs.
philosophy is based upon mutual respect and belief in the child
and hands on educational experience.
The basic aim of the Montessori approach is to cultivate the
natural curiosity and delight in discovery that is present in
Certified Montessori teachers, who are specially
trained in the philosophy, curriculum, and use of Montessori
materials, head our classrooms. The most important attribute of
these special people is that they understand the inner need of
the child to explore and know the world. They dedicate
themselves to the preparation of a warm, inclusive classroom
environment that fosters creativity, cooperation, independent
thinking, self-discipline, and respect oneself and for others.
Studies have revealed that
children who are motivated from within, opposed to being
continually prompted by outside forces such as teachers or
strict curriculum requirements, tend to be life long learners
whose goals continually expand as do their interests and passion
for understanding their environment. Dr. Maria Montessori
believed that every child carries within herself the unseen
person that she will become. In order for children to develop
their physical, intellectual and spiritual powers to the
fullest, the child must have freedom. This freedom, she felt,
flowed from the development of cooperation, independence,
self-discipline and respect one another.