After Montessori, How Will My Child Adjust to a “Conventional” School?

The benefits of a Montessori education have been well documented. Montessori students demonstrate greater academic aptitude, social development, and self-sufficiency than their peers at non-Montessori schools. Enrollment in a Montessori Early Education Program is an incredible gift to give your child. 

But sooner or later, your child will probably age out of your local Montessori school. Will the adjustment be bumpy? 

The short answer: no. Let’s break down what to expect when your ex-Montessori student starts at a “conventional” school.

Montessori vs. Traditional Classroom: What Are the Differences? 

Montessori classrooms are quite different from conventional ones. In a Montessori classroom, students are encouraged to be independent self-starters. It is up to each student to determine whether to work independently or with others, what pace to work at, and even where to sit in the classroom. The teacher’s job is to encourage and nurture each student’s unique learning process. 

In a conventional classroom, of course, students have far less individual freedom. The teacher instructs all the students at once, using the same approach. 

As a parent, it’s only natural to wonder how your child will weather this admittedly big transition.

Montessori Graduates Accel Academically 

One of the best things about the holistic nature of a Montessori education is that students gain not just academic aptitude, but invaluable social and emotional skills as well.

The Montessori method encourages children to problem-solve and adapt to new challenges. This training equips Montessori students with emotional resiliency and intellectual agility, leading to high academic achievement in any educational environment.

Montessori Graduates Make Friends Easily 

Montessori graduates are well prepared for traditional school not just academically, but socially too. The Montessori method’s emphasis on respect, empathy, and collaboration empowers graduates to easily form connections with new peers.

Will your young Montessori graduate feel more mature than the other children in his or her new class? Maybe. However, because Montessori classes are taught with multiple grades in the same class, your child will feel confident to lead or assist peers as is appropriate–even leading in peaceful conflict resolution as necessary. 

Regardless, your Montessori grad will have ample experience coexisting with all personality types.

… But Keep in Mind, Change Is a Part of Growing up

Change is an inevitable part of life. But for a young child experiencing everything for the first time, change may seem scary initially. As your child graduates from Montessori, keep an open line of communication. Allow him or her to express whatever emotions come up without judgment. 

It could well be that your child is excited to start at a new school, or excited and nervous at the same time. However you weather this transition, you can both be confident that your Montessori grad has the confidence, aptitude, and maturity to take any new school by storm.