In 1988, Oneness-Family School (OFS) Founder and Head of Upper School Andrew Kutt set out to create a school built upon Maria Montessori’s philosophy — where the center of the educational process is the student. Three decades later, what began with 10 students in a public school library is now a global family with thousands of alumni students following their dreams around the world.
Oneness-Family Montessori School, which serves students in preschool through high school, and is home to students from more than 60 countries, is a family focused school that encourages a strong partnership between school and home. The school’s learning program combines a traditional Montessori curriculum with an emphasis on wellbeing, mindfulness, community, character and lifelong learning.
“The curriculum at OFS focuses on the skills students will need to be successful in the complex world they will be entering,” says Kutt, “and those include conceptual thinking, creative problem solving and communication skills, as well as capacities such as self-awareness, empathy and curiosity.”
Student success begins with the quality of the teacher, says Kutt, and Oneness-Family School “has attracted attracted top educators deeply committed to connecting with every student. They foster a community where everyone is a learner and a teacher.”
“We want our students to be ‘seen’ each day; we want them to know that they each have a unique contribution to make to the community,” says Kutt. “This has been our recipe for empowering students to be the drivers of their own education, the builders of their own futures.”
“We want all of our children to be ‘seen’ each day… to know that they each have a unique contribution to make to the community.”