Shrewsbury Montessori School’s Core Values are grounded in the Montessori philosophy and guide our community, programs, initiatives and unique culture. Our core values reflect how we work inside and outside the organization to achieve our mission, vision, and goals. At SMS, we believe in:


We promote community and cultural awareness in our classroom environments, and celebrate the diversity of our students, families, and staff.

There is a great sense of community within the Montessori classroom, where children of differing ages work together in an atmosphere of cooperation rather than competitiveness. There is respect for the environment and for the individuals within it, which comes through experience of freedom within the community.” by Maria Montessori

Joy of Learning

We provide engaged, purposeful learning opportunities that promote a love of lifelong learning.

“The education of even a small child, therefore, does not aim at preparing him for school, but for life.” by Maria Montessori


We value self-respect, mutual respect, respect for others, and respect for our environment. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that encourages the appreciation of joy and wonderment of childhood.

“Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.” by Maria Montessori

Peace Education

We cultivate each child’s ability to respect themselves, others, and the environment, and to become peaceful, compassionate citizens and responsible stewards of the planet.

“The child is both hope and promise for mankind.” by Maria Montessori

Independence and Autonomy

We encourage and guide children to do things for themselves. By giving children these opportunities, there is an increase in their self-belief, self-confidence and esteem that they will carry with them throughout their life.

“The real preparation for education is the study of one’s self. The training of the teacher is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character; it is a preparation of the spirit.” by Maria Montessori