ALPHA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

Alpha Montessori School opened in April 2003 in the poor, densely populated neighborhood of Mandawali, on the southeast side of Delhi, India. The majority of people living in this low-income community are working class poor families who make a living as daily wage earners, street vendors, auto rickshaw drivers, painters, plumbers, dairy farmers, and street sweepers. The average family has 3 to 4 children and earns an income of only US $1000 to $1500 a year.

                                                        

The building which houses Alpha Montessori School was purchased at the end of 2002, and remodeled in early 2003, to make the space more user friendly for the children. The school officially opened in 2003, with only three students and grew rapidly. It currently educates 60 underprivileged students, ages 3 to 14, with a waiting list of students who would like to attend. There are currently three classrooms, a computer lab, and a future library room, on three stories, with a children’s garden on the roof. In 2005 the Montessori educational system was implemented in the Nursery and Kindergarten with much success. The Montessori system is now being implemented in higher grades with similar success. This system has proven effective for the children of this impoverished community. It is very likely this system of education will be effective for students in similar communities throughout the world. The quiet, patience, respect, care for the school environment, and interest in academic learning shown by the children, has been truly amazing. In addition, these children take home to their families and community the lessons they learn.

 

            

            

What people are saying:

   April 2008 - "Our visit to the school was spectacular. I have never seen such calm, beautiful, focused 3-6 year olds! I was taking Kleenex out to wipe away my tears."
         - Michael Sanderson, Montessori Teacher; Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.

   March 2009 - "Our day among the children and staff at Alpha School brought me back to the reason I went into education forty years ago...making a difference, one child at a time. I was thrilled to experience this place where curiosity and imagination are nurtured, opening whole new worlds to these amazing children. It was truly one of the highlights of our trip!"
       - MaryEllen O'Malley, K-12 Arts Curriculum Coordinator (retired); San Diego, California, U.S.A.

   January, 2014 - "We were charmed by the children, in awe of the teachers’ commitment to educating them, and humbled by the mothers’ dedication to their children, in spite of life’s challenges. Our hearts connected with the mothers when they spoke about the problems of getting their children to eat breakfast before school, a challenge shared by mothers throughout the world. We witnessed the power of the children’s desire, will and creativity, flourishing in a safe, caring space, designed for learning and growth of the mind, the body, and spirit. Alpha School is an oasis in a suburb of Delhi, with its 22 million people--the noise, chaos, and poverty—it’s a miracle in the making."
       - Tama Adelman, Registered Nurse; Napa California, U.S.A.
       - Cathy Evans, HR Administrator (Ret).; San Diego Unified School District, California, U.S.A

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Program Components

High quality education with Montessori curriculum is used in Nursery, Kindergarten, and 1st grade classes.


Free Medical Services are offered to children and their families. Immunizations are offered through a Government approved Polio Vaccination Center.


Mothers' Meetings are held regularly. These meetings provide mothers knowledge about hygiene, nutrition, body care, and guidance about their families' health, and their children's growth patterns and needs.


Parent Orientation Meetings emphasize the importance of quality education for their children. Methods that parents can use to effectively support their children's educational experience are explained, as are the other support services that are regularly offered by the school.


Alpha Montessori School
515 E, (A-347), Buddha Marg, Mandawali
Fazalpur, Delhi, India