We believe it is important that students “learn how to learn” rather than just amass academic knowledge. Our attention focuses on individual development and on the premise that progressive learning experiences promote that development. Our school’s K-8 academic program is based on the principle of freedom within limits. Our Montessori guides determine, through observation of the students, when new activities and materials need to be introduced. Lessons are given individually or in small groups, with the aim of encouraging active, self-directed learning. Experienced students share what they have learned with younger children, while reinforcing their own learning. Students work toward gaining independence and taking responsibility for the learning process. While Montessori education focuses on individual choice, students have tasks they are expected to accomplish and goals they work to achieve, according to their individual learning needs.