The Prepared Environment

To grasp the essence of an MSR education, just step inside one of our classrooms.

Beautiful, inviting, and thoughtfully arranged, our campuses and classrooms are the modern embodiment of Maria Montessori’s revolutionary approach. She called it “the prepared environment,” and it’s an essential aspect of our pedagogy and curriculum.

Natural lighting, natural colors, and uncluttered spaces set the stage for focused and calm activity, everything designed to convey a sense of harmony and order that both structures and inspires self-directed work. Learning materials are displayed on child-accessible shelves, inviting independent exploration and experimentation. Every space is arranged to support the natural flow of learning and geared for all the different kinds of engagement students require. You see students in quiet, serene corners for reading or thinking, at tables set with tools for hands-on learning and creation, and in spaces made for energetic movement and physical play.

Our teachers ensure each classroom is prepared for learning this way every day. They look ahead, design, organize, and plan, anticipating ways to create beautiful spaces that are warm, inviting, and inspire each student’s next fascination.