Our faculty incorporate Montessori and Reggio Emilia styles of instruction, which means that we embrace child-led learning. Our educational philosophy asserts that children are naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, loving, thoughtfully-prepared environment. Our approach values the human spirit and the development of the whole child- spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive.
Students at PCS will learn in a prepared environment that encourages each child to work independently and foster internal curiosity as motivation to learn.
PCS Learning Method
The teacher is the guide in the classroom.
The prepared environment and method encourage self-discipline.
The structured group and individual instruction are based on thematic lessons.
The teacher will encourage collaboration, cooperation, and support among students towards each other.
The student chooses his/her own work, sets his/her own learning pace, discovers new concepts, and spots his/her own errors from self-teaching materials based on the lesson being taught.
The classroom setting is prepared with multi-sensory materials for physical exploration.
The student can work where he/she chooses, move around and talk at will (yet not disturb the work of others).
The student reinforces his/her own learning by repetition of work and thereby fosters an internal feeling of success and accomplishment.
Our core educational program includes all academic subjects, plus a Montessori-inspired Bible curriculum called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. Independence, self-discipline, and hands-on learning are cornerstones of our curriculum. To that end, our classrooms offer aesthetically-pleasing, hands-on learning materials that encourage the child to explore, discover, and create. The teacher is trained to observe and guide each individual child, helping each student to reach his/her full potential.
We want each student to leave our school with a deeply-rooted sense of the love of God, excellent academic skills, a comprehensive world view, and an age-appropriate ability to problem solve with confidence.
Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
This Montessori-inspired approach to religious formation of children is based on the conviction that God and the child are in relationship. The methodology starts with the spiritual impulse of the child, which is an innate impulse to express love. The child’s desire for love seeks God who is love. Our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd lessons are taught in an environment furnished in a liturgical style with a prayer table dedicated to quiet prayer and fellowship with God. The lessons come from Scripture and are based on the parables that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, taught his own disciples. The teacher will share the parable with the class and encourage each student to reflect on the deeper meaning of the story and the way in which the parable calls the child into a loving relationship with God.