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If the students in the Montessori program are learning well, why not expand it? But first, please show us the research to justify the expansion.
The district has all the numbers. What they have provided shows that on the CSAP the Montessori kids score as well or better than they traditional class peers.
So, the Montessori program is doing as well as the traditional program in keeping SPE a school of excellence, check.
Other measures are parent satisfaction and student satisfaction. The parents in the program are extremely satisfied (shown in district run parent surveys).
For the student satisfaction, there is only anecdotal evidence. I have a 5th grader and twin 3rd graders who love going to school, are bummed when they are sick and have to miss school and are excited about learning both in school and out. Any my kids are not the only ones with this attitude. If asked, they will tell you they love school (as many of the students in the traditional classrooms will also).
So, but all the external measurement, the Montessori kids are doing great.
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