Fosters a Love of Learning Inspires Creativity
Promotes Academic Excellence Celebrates Diversity
Encourages Mutual Respect Maximizes Individual Potential Nurtures Compassion and Humanitarianism Graduates Responsible, Productive Citizens of the World
“Harborlight is a vibrant community where children learn how to learn.”
Nurturing Success Visit Harborlight and you will quickly discover what many parents and students already know. Harborlight is not an ordinary school. It is a warm, inviting social and learning community where students thrive. Harborlight’s exemplary teachers are passionate about their work with students, enthusiastic about their subjects, and dedicated to their profession. With the freedom to tap into the child’s natural sense of wonder and the expertise to customize the curriculum for each student, Harborlight teachers make learning a joyful and rewarding experience.
ABOUT HARBORLIGHT Founded in 1973, Harborlight Montessori School remains a close‐knit, independent, co‐educational day school located in historic Beverly, on Boston’s North Shore. Harborlight demonstrates leadership in the professional community with recognition from the Massachusetts Department of Education, and licensure with the Department of Early Education and Care. Harborlight is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the American Montessori Society, and the Association of Independent Schools in New England. Harborlight is the laboratory school for the National Center for Montessori Education– New England, a graduate‐ level teacher education institute.
Fostering Early Learning The Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood Programs offer early exposure to academics, decision making, and social relationships. Here, teachers guide children from infancy to school‐age, to be independent, confident, and engaged learners. The multi‐sensory early learning that takes place builds a foundation for abstract reasoning, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills.
Step inside the homey classrooms outfitted in miniature‐sized furniture and you will feel the affirmation of natural childhood, sustained through individual attention and secure relationships. From the aromas of cooking projects to playful puddle‐ jumping and vegetable gardening in the play yards, early education extends well beyond the classroom.
DEVELOPING THE WHOLE CHILD
During these crucial years, young children are provided a balance of physical, cognitive, social, and emotional stimulation in order to reach their optimum level of development.
Understanding, caring, self‐ discipline, self‐awareness, and care of self are incorporated into a creative curriculum that supports the young child’s need for security and exploration.
“There is no greater gift we can pass on to our children than an education that fosters a love for learning without a fear of failure.”
Authentic Co-Education Challenged to be responsible for the social and physical components of the multi‐age classroom, Harborlight students create a welcoming and accepting atmosphere while developing considerate and cooperative relationships. Beginning in pre‐kindergarten, children are encouraged to work together, to respect each other’s differences, and to embrace personal challenges with confidence.
“Harborlight students seek challenges, ask questions and express ideas convincingly.”
Moving towards personal organization, the stu‐ dents prioritize, plan, and manage their time in both their independent daily work and with long‐term, collaborative projects. Armed with the skills to seek challenges, ask questions and express ideas convincingly, Middle School stu‐ dents embrace the Socratic Method during mini‐lessons. Shared learning culminates in the presentation of eighth grade individual service learning projects.
MISSION Harborlight Montessori School guides the growth and development of the whole child from infancy through young adolescence in an environment that: •Fosters a love of learning •Maximizes individual potential • Promotes academic excellence • Inspires creativity • Celebrates diversity • Encourages mutual respect • Advocates stewardship of the environment •Nurtures compassion and humanitarianism • Graduates responsible, productive citizens of the world
Interdisciplinary Studies Individualized and small group instruction from early childhood onward is essential to academic achievement. Harborlight Elementary and Middle School students exhibit ingenuity, diligence, and artistic self‐expression in all areas of the curriculum. Thematic studies are a comprehensive exploration in science, reading and writing,
history and geography, students gain an increasing understanding of the fundamental needs of man within culture and environment. In Middle School, students deepen their understanding of social studies through an advanced study of Humanities which integrates research, literature, composition, world languages and theatre arts.
INSPIRED TO BE CREATIVE
“Elementary students exhibit ingenuity, diligence and artistic expression in all areas of the curriculum.”
Long blocks of uninterrupted classroom lessons are followed by art studio, music and drama workshops that enrich and support the core curriculum. Students are inspired to be creative in classes that encourage process oriented exploration and creativity in the visual and expressive arts.
Students participate in art, ceramics, theatre, instrumental music, and chorus. Students benefit from private music instruction and open art studio time. The pieces they produce are as unique as the students themselves.
“Small class size and expert faculty support individualized instruction at all levels for all students.”
Building Mathematical Minds Preschoolers are able to solve advanced problems in mathematics through the math manipulatives that Montessori offers. Emphasizing computation skills in the Lower School, Harborlight affords a unique individualized instruction in numeration and operations, geometry, algebra, probability and statistics, data and measurement. For the most advanced students, the faculty is able to offer High‐ School level courses in eighth grade.
TEACHING & LEARNING At Harborlight, children master learning skills, establish self‐confidence, and achieve academic excellence. Using the Montessori philosophy as its foundation, the Harborlight curriculum further enriches the children’s learning experiences by integrating the best educational practices and resources. Students gain real‐life skills such as time management, organization, conflict resolution, and study skills. Harborlight students enjoy the benefit of advancing at their own pace, working beyond their grade level, and challenging themselves each day in all areas of the classroom.
Enrichment Opportunities ADVENTURES SUMMER CAMP (ages 6mo‐12 yrs) BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL (7:30AM‐5:30PM) CREATIVE DISCOVERY (Clubs & Classes) •Dance •Chess Team •Lego •Pottery •Water Polo •Snowshoeing •Spanish •Newspaper •Tae Kwon Do •Jewlery Making •Fabric Arts •Photography •Imagination Station •Dino World •Theatre Works •Have a Ball •Cooking
ATHLETICS & FITNESS •Soccer •Lacrosse •Water Polo •Yoga •Basketball •Flag Football •Project Adventure •Hiking •Bike Club MUSIC INSTRUCTION Private instruction •voice •piano •violin •cello •band instruments •guitar ACADEMIC SKILLS CENTER Academic tutorials for K‐8 students and homework helpers for students 1‐8
PREPARATION FOR LIFE The following list partially represents the schools recent graduates were accept to: Bishop Fenwick Boston University Academy Brewster Academy Commonwealth Governor’s Academy Pingree Nazareth Academy Harborlight graduates tell a story of preparation for high school, both socially and academically. They express gratitude towards the faculty for their firm yet supportive approach to teaching and the rigor of the academic program’s preparation for all academic pursuits.
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EXPLORE HARBORLIGHT Prepare your child for the future, explore Harborlight today. www.harborlightmotnessori.org Contact the Admissions Office at 978‐922‐1008 to schedule your visit.
Harborlight provides an educational experience for all students, recognizing that global teaching and learning helps form strong, positive self‐concepts and develops respect for human differences. Our curriculum encourages understanding and respect for these differences while affirming fundamental similarities of humankind. Our cooperative community protects and encourages the exploration of new concepts. It also honors and nurtures the curiosity of each child in the educational pursuit of understanding equity and social justice. All members of the school community are valued for their contributions, talents and opinions. The philosophy, curriculum and administration of our programs aim to create an inclusive learning environment with respect to economic background, gender, race, national and ethnic origin, cultural heritage, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and political beliefs. Harborlight integrates diversity and character education in each learning opportunity to empower students to actively approach each new experience with courtesy and acceptance.
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