School Profile
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Ramona Community Montessori School (RCMS) is one of two alternative education options provided by the Ramona Unified School District on our Ramona Community Campus. The school was developed in response to community interest and requests for alternative education, and provided by the district since 1982. Parents continue to be involved in the evolution and implementation of the education process to a great degree. Site-based decision making is a cornerstone of the school.
Ramona Community Montessori School continues to grow and change and respond to the needs of the community. RCMS enrollment is currently at 276 students in grades K-6. Our Montessori based classrooms combine grade levels: TK-K, 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6. Class size is capped in TK-4 at 26 students, and at 36 for grades 5-6. Every effort is made for students to be in the same classroom with the same teacher for two years.
In the Montessori program, parents participate through volunteering in the classroom and school activities. RCMS has strong parent participation in school organizations and functions. Individualized learning is a major component of the Montessori philosophy, as students choose from an array of offered activities during the day.
As a public school, RCMS guides students using age-appropriate Montessori objectives woven with the Common Core State Standards. Topics are introduced using real life, concrete examples and the child's observations. There is no limit to the scope of information as memorization of facts gives way to the training of the mind. The children learn through their own activity and are given the mental freedom to pursue what they need.
Every effort is made to provide long, uninterrupted work times. This provides the children with the time to focus and concentrate on their work. It facilitates quality work with time for in-depth studies. RCMS students are periodically assessed for their academic growth, and provided opportunities to share their learning with their peers, teachers, and families.