Montessori guides are trained in the observation of children, and the Montessori classroom is an environment in which the guide observes each child’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth to understand how each student is developing. This information is shared with parents in several ways, including written reports of observations and regular conferences.
In the elementary years, conferences continue and are supplemented by written reports on each child’s progress as well as the child’s own written self-evaluations, reports, essays and presentations. In the Middle and Upper School years, parents will have conferences as well which will be supplemented by written criteria-based assessments at the end of each semester. In addition, national standardized tests of basic skills and abilities are administered yearly to elementary through upper school students. All of these assessments and evaluations combine to give parents a clear picture of their child’s growing competence and academic achievement as well as a measure of his/her progress as compared to independent norms.