Oaks Montessori School in Hammond Revitalizes Middle School Program

Montessori students in the Tangipahoa area will soon be able to continue their education through the middle school years thanks to a revitalization of the Middle School Program at Oaks Montessori School in Hammond. Fundraising is currently underway for the the expansion, which will allow Oaks to offer Montessori programs to students age 12 – 15 years.

Oaks serves as the Montessori World Educational Institute teacher education site for the state of Louisiana, and is the only Montessori school in Tangipahoa Parish that is accredited and approved by both the Louisiana Montessori Association and the Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Founded by Teri Bickham in 1987, Oaks was originally located in the historic district of Hammond and later expanded and moved to its current location. While it initially offered only primary school education, curriculum expansions over the years have allowed the school to offer its accredited programs to students ranging from age 3 to 12 years. Requested by local families, the current expansion project will extend the age of students served to 15.

With its child-centered education approach, prepared classroom environments, and multi-age learning groups, the Montessori method has proven effective for over 100 years. It was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, who realized that all children have a natural eagerness for knowledge. By observing them closely, she became aware that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. Matching appropriate lessons and materials to those periods and guiding the students along the way soon became the basis of the Montessori approach. Famous Montessorians include Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Anne Frank, and artists Taylor Swift, Yo Yo Ma, and George Clooney.

Oaks is currently accepting applications for a Middle School teacher. The selected applicant will receive Secondary I training over the summer to become a certified Montessori middle school guide. The Oaks Middle School committee is currently raising funds of $15,000 to cover the teacher’s tuition and expenses during the summer training.

A golf tournament will be held at Oak Knoll Country Club on Thursday, April 7, 2016. Teams of up to 4 players can participate in the scramble and enjoy a fun and friendly challenge, as well as complimentary lunch and drinks. For more information and to register for the tournament, contact Ray Stevens at tangiman22@gmail.com or 985-634-4882.

For more information on Oaks Montessori School or the Oaks Middle School program, call 985-345-8088 or visit www.montessori.net.

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