Charles Ellis Montessori Academy is celebrating its 25th year as a public Montessori school. As part of the year-long Silver Jubilee celebration, all alumni and those who worked at Charles Ellis over the past 25 years are invited to attend an Alumni Breakfast to be held on October 26th, 2012 at 7:30 am in the Ellis Media Center. Those who attend are encouraged to bring along any mementos or pictures they may have from their time at Charles Ellis to share. Please RSVP by October 19, 2012 with your name and years you attended Charles Ellis Montessori Academy to Trent Kissinger at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the Silver Jubilee can be found at ellissilverjubilee.blogspot.com.
Charles Ellis Montessori Academy is the oldest functioning school in Chatham County. It is part of the Savannah/Chatham County Public School System. The landmark 70-year-old, two-story red brick schoolhouse is located at 220 East 49th Street in Savannah, Georgia.
The school uses the Montessori method of education, an alternative to traditional classroom teaching styles. The philosophy behind the Montessori method is that the educator is merely a facilitator, and that children, given the correct environment, will seek to challenge themselves academically.
Differences between Montessori and traditional public schools include multi-age classes, parent-teacher conferences instead of report cards, hands-on learning and teachers specially trained in the Montessori method, which stresses individual learning. Maria Montessori, the first female doctor in Italy, founded the Montessori method in the early 1900s.