CHI Montessori Academy officially opened its doors as a home school in College Park on September 8, 2009. It started as a dream two years before when several educators began a conversation about an ideal school. The creators of the school, Sharon Suitt and Elizabeth Bland, were both retired Atlanta Public School educators who believed in the importance of an early childhood education and parental involvement. Sharon received her Montessori diploma from North American Montessori Center (NAMC), in November 2007 and her Montessori training for the Primary Class at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Feland Meadows, Ph.D. Dr. Meadows is the Goizueta Endowed Chair of the Early Childhood Department at Kennesaw State University and President of the Pan American Montessori Society. CHI Montessori continued to operate as a home school for 4 years in the home of Ms. Sharon. As the waiting list for openings outgrew the available space, Ms. Sharon was encouraged to search for a center location to accommodate several families with infants and toddlers also requesting Montessori education for their younger children, as well.
Montessori education is based upon a profound respect for the individual child and the contribution he/she can give to humanity. It involves a process that seeks to guide the child to his/her own natural potential through the child’s “absorbent mind” using special materials that reinforce a more permanent learning. The carefully prepared Montessori environment recognizes the spontaneous urge of the child to learn, allowing him to choose his own daily work from a broad curriculum of botany, zoology, geography, art, language, math, and cultural subjects. The child exercises intellectual, physical, and psychic freedom within the controlled Montessori classroom. This environment helps the child to achieve self-discipline and confidence at an early age and is the very foundation for his role as a happy, functioning member of a social community.
Since my daughter has been attending Chi Montessori I have seen her increase in confidence, in creativity, in vocabulary, and in social and emotional maturity. The instructors at Chi give her the space to master her preferences while also gently guiding her to grow in all the other areas necessary in a Primary curriculum.
The mission of CHI Montessori Academy is to offer a culturally rich Montessori environment that provides children with the freedom to explore, learn, grow, and develop their natural gifts and talents supported by trained Montessori teachers and nurturing guides.
The CHI Montessori Academy, Inc. admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.