SBMS parents and families are expected to enthusiastically participate in every aspect of the School’s programs. In fact, parent participation is essential to the on-going development of the School’s community while directly benefiting each and every child in the School. Indeed, the School’s role in the greater community, as the area’s only AMI-Recognized Montessori school brings added responsibility to each family’s role as stewards of authentic Montessori principles and methodology.
AMI - Association Montessori Internationale - has specific requirements and criteria that each AMI-Recognized school must achieve. AMI has great expectations for its Recognized schools, and “We” represent those very same ideals, those very same great expectations. SBMS is AMI’s only Santa Barbara-area school. Thus, truly, SBMS is Santa Barbara’s only “Montessori” school.
Accordingly, every SBMS family is expected to observe their child’s classroom on a regular basis; to eagerly attend and participate in all School “Parent Education” events; to participate in Montessori 101 and Journey & Discovery events; and to support the School’s essential fundraising functions—Book Faire; Annual Giving Campaign; and the Annual Auction Extravaganza.
Parent Participation at SBMS is vitally important to each child’s growth and development. The basic guidelines for each and every parent:
Observation. Participation. Support. Stewardship. Great Expectations.