First State Montessori Academy
 Date updated - Fall 2017
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District: First State Montessori Academy Telephone: (302) 576-1500
Address: 1000 North French Street, NULL, Wilmington DE 19801 Web: First State Montessori Academy Page
Principal: Courtney Fox Title IX Coordinator: Courtney Fox
School Demographics
Fall Enrollment

2015-162016-17
Kindergarten4978
Grade 15573
Grade 24966
Grade 35661
Grade 45962
Grade 53762
Grade 62026
Total325428


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School Promotion by Grade

2014-15
Kindergarten98.0%
Grade 193.9%
Grade 2100.0%
Grade 394.3%
Grade 4100.0%
Grade 5100.0%
Grade 692.3%


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Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

2015-162016-17
African American18.8%16.6%
American Indian0.9%1.4%
Asian6.8%5.1%
Hawaiian0.9%0.7%
Hispanic/Latino6.5%4.7%
White65.2%68.2%
Multi-Racial0.9%3.3%


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Other Student Characteristics

2015-162016-17
English Language Learner1.2%3.0%
Low Income8.3%12.6%
Special Education7.4%8.4%
Enrolled for Full Year100.0%N/A


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Recently Arrived ELL Students

2016-17
Number of Students Not Tested on ELA Assessment0


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Class Size (Percentage by Range) (2016-17)
* Elementary and special schools provide their own class size data

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School Finances


District Expenditure per Pupil (2015-16)

$11,666

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District Sources of Revenue (2015-16)

Percent District Allocation of Current Expenses by Category (2015-16)




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Exemplary Programs
Montessori education is recognized as the education of the future and is itself an exemplary curriculum model. While it is not a set program, it is an education that fosters children's creativity, innovation, self-efficacy, and provides a strong academic foundation. First State Montessori Academy provides parents and children with an authentic, time-tested, Montessori education in a public school. It's curriculum and programs are designed to improve student learning, allow for greater choice for parents, and serve as a model for alternative approaches to education by providing a proven and innovative teaching and learning environment.

Along with a Montessori education, First State Montessori Academy utilizes the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning. This approach helps create learning environments where children thrive academically, socially and emotionally with a focus on building a caring community for learning.

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Curriculum Highlights
True to the Montessori method, the curriculum at FSMA will meet each child's individual needs and will support self-directed learning.

A focus on big ideas and essential questions with extended work periods that allow for depth of understanding and development of habits of mind.

Hands-on interactive curricular materials and classroom environment that supports children developing from concrete to abstract thinking

Academic development supported by an emphasis on the social/emotional development of the child within a multi-age community of learners.

Collaborative learning and community service leading to mutual respect of others and the development of the child's global perspective.

Child centered, inclusive learning environments utilize differentiated instruction and flexible grouping to meet the individual learning needs of each child.

Classroom-based assessment and observation informs instructional decision making.

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