Galilee Montessori School was established in 1988 as a non-profit Montessori school seeking to provide a dynamic educational environment governed by the Montessori philosophy. Our Mission is to guide each student to take joyful responsibility for his own education, empowering him to become an independent thinker, a creative problem solver, a risk taker and an active member of the community while practicing respect for self, others and the environment. As a ministry of Galilee Episcopal Church, we seek to guide children to live their lives with integrity and compassion, in love and service.
Maria Montessori believed that education was preparation for life. From this theory, Dr. Montessori created an environment rich in sensorial materials that allows the child to experience the world around them through multiple sensory systems. Each classroom offers an abundance of beautifully crafted materials for the active exploration of math, language, science, geography, cultural studies, art and music. The materials teach through hands-on learning, spontaneous engagement, active involvement and self-directed activity. Many Montessori materials have a control of error that is intrinsic to their design. This characteristic encourages the child to work independently, unafraid to make mistakes, allowing him or her to recognize that errors are an essential part of the learning process. Through an innate motivation to acquire knowledge, the child becomes an independent and confident individual, developing a lifelong love of learning.
Founded in 1988, Galilee Montessori has strong roots in the Virginia Beach community. Our steadfast commitment to creating an authentic Montessori experience has positioned our school as one of the most reputable Montessori schools in the area. Galilee Montessori is an affiliate of AMS, the American Montessori Society, and is working towards AMS accreditation. We are also a member of IMC, the International Montessori Council. All of our lead teachers are certified through the American Montessori Society. Our assistants are certified within their first year as a Montessori Assistant through the Center for Guided Montessori Studies.
What makes our school truly exceptional are the people that comprise our community. Our families, staff and students form lifelong relationships as we work together to support our students and lay the groundwork for years of growth and learning to come.