So, you want to go to Harvard?

Well according to their website, here is how your application would be considered.

In their admissions process, they give careful, individual attention to each applicant. They seek to identify students who will be the best educators of one another and their professors—individuals who will inspire those around them during their College years and beyond.

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
As life-long learners and mentors of their younger classmates, MSR students are routinely fulfilling this role. Everyday in our multi-age classrooms, older students collaborate with younger students, reviewing lessons with them as needed. The idea is that the older student is much more approachable for the younger student, and younger ones learn by example from classmates they look up to. Further, older students benefit by reinforcing the lessons they are teaching. Teachers guide older students in their roles as mentors and help build pride as they take on ownership of not only of their own education, but also that of their classmates.

Harvard asks … “Have you reached your maximum academic and personal potential?” “Have you been stretching yourself?”

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
MSR challenges students to reach beyond themselves as teachers help identify topics in which students have increased ability and interest and then guide them to delve more deeply into the subject. In our Upper School, the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) challenges students academically with a curriculum that is becoming the gold standard for university admission, while engaging students socially through its Creativity, Activity, Service program called CAS.

Harvard asks … How have you used your time? Do you have initiative? Are you a self-starter? What motivates you?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
Our students take the initiative. Whether it’s starting a club, organizing a community service experience, or exploring a career path, they are intrinsically motivated to take charge of their education. Students begin using a daily planner as early as first grade and are held accountable for their work through this tool. They are encouraged by teachers to cultivate that internal motivation, to do their best work, and to find personal pride in a job well done.

Harvard asks … Will you contribute something to those around you?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
Students at MSR learn from an early age to give back to the community, whether it’s their very own classroom or in another school in need on the other side of the world. Community service is sewn into the fabric of an MSR education from the earliest years and is a requirement in Middle and Upper School.

Harvard asks … Do you care deeply about anything—intellectual? Extracurricular? Personal?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
Our students are taught to think deeply about meaningful topics, to develop empathy in order to learn from others, and invest in passions that move them on a base level.

Harvard asks … What have you learned from your interests? What have you done with your interests? How have you achieved results? With what success or failure? What have you learned as a result?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
As our students follow their passions and interest, they traverse the bumpy landscape of learning guided by expert teachers who allow them to stumble and fall and are there to encourage and teach them how to bounce back. They learn so much more than students who never get the opportunity to develop resilience.

Harvard asks … In terms of extracurricular, athletic, community, or family commitments, have you taken full advantage of opportunities?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
Our entire culture is built upon being involved and that includes taking part in a diverse array of extracurriculars, athletics, and community opportunities.

Harvard asks … “What about your maturity, character, leadership, self-confidence, warmth of personality, sense of humor, energy, concern for others, and grace under pressure?

Here is The Montessori School of Raleigh’s Philosophy:
As our students complete their education at MSR, whether it is Montessori, IB, or a combination of both, they have acquired skills as agile thinkers, poised communicators, gracious collaborators, and engineers of authentic and fulfilling lives.

Are MSR students prepared for Harvard? Of course … and for anywhere else they choose to go.