Mission and Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Mission

Chesapeake Montessori School guides children and adolescents in their development to become confident, respectful, kind, and independent individuals with well-developed powers of reasoning and a joy for learning. Using Montessori theory and practice of individualized learning in a whole-school community, we are committed to creating rich and healthy environments indoors and outdoors that provide intellectual, academic, social, and emotional preparation for life.

Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

In the fall of 2017, while taking part in a three-year self-study process guided by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, CMS formed a group of staff, faculty, and parents to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. This group became the DEI Committee.

With the support and approval of the Board of Trustees, the DEI Committee of Chesapeake Montessori School is rooted in the Montessori principles of respect, peace, and justice. We believe that each and every child should be respected and guided towards their full potential; this means we celebrate the common humanity of all members of our community and value the differences among us. Guided by this vision, the DEI committee works to dismantle racism and bias by increasing diversity in all forms, building intercultural competency, and advancing equitable practices within our school. We recognize that this is essential, demanding work. We tirelessly dedicate ourselves and challenge each other to self-reflection and compassion, personal growth, and partnerships in the larger community.