WELCOME TO GOOD EARTH MONTESSORI AND GEM CHARTER SCHOOL
1704 NORTH CENTER STREET, MESA AZ 85201 (480)-833-2622 Fax (480)-833-2655
You can contact our school during business hours 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.
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Good Earth Montessori was founded in July 1978 by a few parents who wanted to create an authentic Montessori program in the downtown area of Mesa, Arizona. The primary objective was to perpetuate a warm environment in which to stimulate intellectual growth of their children. The school was expressly designed to be a true “Children’s House”.
Nelleke van Savooyen took over Good Earth Montessori in the summer of 1991 and has worked hard to make it a quality AMI accredited program. She started out with 5 students the first semester of 1991 and by the end of the school year she had increased enrollment to about 20 students. In 1994/1995, substantial attendance growth required us to relocate from our original location on Robson to our current facility located at 1704 North Center Street, Mesa, AZ 85201.
Through patience and a lot of sweat equity, the main building was remodeled, with a majority of the changes completed by late 1995.
During the fall of 1998 and summer of 1999 the school experienced further expansion with the addition of two new buildings to serve as elementary classrooms. GEM Charter School was established at that time, which gave parents the opportunity to continue their children’s education as part of the public school system instead of having to pay tuition. This was a great accomplishment for the school to be the only AMI Accredited Montessori Charter school in the State of Arizona for about 10 years. We have signed a new 20 year contract with the State Board of Charter School in June of 2012. We have made many improvements to the school over the 20 years we have been at this location.
MARIA MONTESSORI 1870-1952
AMI/USA sends a consultant to the school once every three years to work with the school in order to help us reach our full potential.
The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. Montessori is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. The inherent flexibility allows the method to adapt to the needs of the individual, regardless of the level of ability, learning style, or social maturity.
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural drive to work and learn. All activities are presented to the children on an individual basis at the Primary level and on an individual or in a small group at the Elementary level, by the Montessori trained teacher. The children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities under the guidance of a Montessori trained adult. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence, and discipline. Within this framework of order, the children progress at their own pace and rhythm, according to their individual capabilities, during the crucial years of development.