With this year’s Terra Nova testing just around the corner, we are taking a look back at what our Apple kindergarten students achieved in 2018. The students scored two years above their grade level in reading, language, and math (on average), with some scoring higher than a 4th-grade level.* The test is a nation-wide exam that compares students to their peers throughout the country in areas such as Reading, Analyzing Text, Oral Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Arithmetic, and Critical Thinking Skills.
Kindergartners at Apple Montessori’s Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Edison, Hoboken, Kinnelon, Mahwah, Metuchen, Morris Plains, Oakland, Randolph, Towaco and Wayne locations took the Terra Nova test.
We could not be more impressed with our students. We recognize standardized testing may not seem very Montessori, but we believe in preparing students for standardized testing as another practical life exercise. Test-taking skills translate to visual tracking, process of elimination and oral comprehension skills, just to name a few. In addition, early test taking can assist in reducing test anxiety. Apple Montessori’s curriculum is not based around the Terra Nova testing. This unique curriculum gives students the groundwork to problem solve and adapt their knowledge to standardized testing.
Apple Montessori not only takes pride in our students’ academic achievements, but they are so proud of their development as kind, empathetic, and culturally aware citizens. Every day children come to school happy and eager to not only learn but to explore the wonders of life. Students thrive with the help of our nurturing and loving staff. The Apple Montessori way is to foster the whole child and we are so proud of our well-rounded students.
With the guidance of knowledgeable and nurturing teachers, Apple students follow their own passions at their own pace, gaining confidence until mastery. This “hands-on” approach brings abstract concepts to life, and students gain a deep and lasting love of learning. With Apple’s unique phonics program, most students read by age 4. Working with advanced Montessori materials, students develop a strong foundation in math, geography, science and other subjects.
The school’s Montessori Plus approach goes above and beyond what traditional Montessori offers through technology, second language studies, art and music enrichment, and character development.
By making the most of the critical early learning years, Apple Montessori students are well-prepared for the next stage of their education. Many go on to attend prestigious secondary schools such as The Blair Academy, Kent Place, Montclair Kimberly Academy, Morristown Beard School, Stevens Cooperative and Villa Walsh and experience success in top-ranking Universities such as Harvard, Cornell, New York University, and Berkeley College of Music to name just a few.
* Kindergarten students who completed the 3-year Montessori cycle at Apple