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montessori research

85% of the brain is formed by the age of 3 (core structure)

By age 3, the brain has established a pattern of processing information that will be used throughout life. A child’s early experiences affect the quality of his brain architecture, forming the foundation upon which future development rests.


Early experiences also have a greater impact on the developing brain because new experiences are stored in relation to previous ones.

Neuro Psychology Review

Montessori schools out-performed those given a traditional education

A method of schooling that focuses on personal development rather than exams produces more mature, creative and socially adept children, scientists have found. Psychologists in the US found that across a range of abilities, children at Montessori schools out-performed those given a traditional education.

Five-year-old Montessori pupils were better prepared for reading and math. Montessori children displayed a greater sense of "justice and fairness", interacted in an "emotionally positive" way, and were less likely to engage in "rough play" during break times. They also displayed a "greater sense of community" at school. 

The Guardian

American Montessori Society Collection of Research

Academic Outcomes

  • Randomized control design studies have found superior outcomes on academic and pre-academic assessments for children who attended Montessori preschool and elementary schools compared to non-Montessori control group children (Lillard, et al, 2017; Lillard & Else-Quest, 2006).

  • Research also suggests positive long-term impacts when comparing high school students who attended Montessori preschools and elementary schools to a control group matched on gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and high school attended (Dohrmann, et al, 2007).

  • Furthermore, studies examining classroom practices found stronger academic gains for children in preschool classrooms implementing the Montessori Method with high fidelity (Lillard, 2012; Lillard & Heise, 2016).

    For more research on Socio-Emotional Outcomes, Creativity, Flow & Executive Function and more, visit the link below.


American Montessori Society

Montessori Had It Right: We Learn By Doing

Practice printing letters turns out to be imperative to reading success. When the body figures out how to write letters, the mind follows suit in terms of being able to recognize them.

Psychology Today

Montessori Builds Innovators

The educational method that produced, among others, Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Jeff Bezos, Steve Wozniak, Jimmy Wales, Peter Drucker, Julia Child, David Blaine, and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.

Harvard Business Review

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