In a progressive world, we need progressive and integrated education. In educating the 21st Century Learner, we prepare children for the global experience. At Five Oaks Academy, children learn critical thinking skills, application of knowledge, analysis of information, comprehension of new ideas, communication, collaboration, problem solving, and decision making. All of these concepts and skills are blended with the core curriculum areas, expression of creativity, foreign language, technology, inquiry, and entrepreneurialism to give the children a diverse, demanding, and progressive education.
The 21st century has redefined the needs of education by its participation in a global economy in an ever-changing world. The educational system that was designed to fit a factory model and was designed to encourage conformity and compliance no longer fills the needs of the 21st century student. Students today need to be problem solvers, inquiry-based learners, creative and adaptive, self confident, high in executive functioning, technologically grounded, and skilled in research and solutions.
The Montessori approach has been the academic choice of the parents of many successful entrepreneurs; the benefactors of these educational experiences include the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin; the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos; the founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales; American chef, and author, Julia Child, just to name a few. Montessori education allows children to develop their strengths and to become confident learners in whatever field or career they decide to pursue. By becoming grounded in a method of education that celebrates independence and individuality, Montessori students become successful adults and lifelong learners.