Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What ages are the children attending the school?
A. Beautiful Sun Montessori is a one classroom school for 25 children ages 3-6.Children may enter the program when they have turned 3 years old and are potty trained and may remain in the program for 3 years (the year they turn 6 is their last year in the school).
Q. How much does BSMS cost?
A. The tuition is paid in 3 equal installments of 3250 AWG (a total of 9700 AWG). This includes over 180 instructional school days, school provided snack and lunch, an immersion Dutch and English environment, field trips, as well as parent development sessions.
Q. What is the class size at BSMS?
A.The class size at BSMS is of 24 children with 2 teachers always present.
Q. Who attends BSMS?
A. Our school is attended by children of Aruban, Dutch, and international backgrounds.
Q. What language is spoken at BSMS?
A.BSMS is a bilingual program (English and Dutch). All teachers at BSMS are multi-lingual (English, Spanish, Dutch, Papiamento), but the head teacher speaks in English with the children and the assistants speak in Dutch. The primary language at the school is English, children learn to read and write in English and it is the language that all children master orally in their time at school. Non native English speakers quickly develop the language following the “One Face, One Language” approach to language learning. Dutch is developed as a second language and most students develop a basic foundation and undersanding of the language.
Q. What do the children learn at BSMS?
A. The Montessori curriculum is extensive and well integrated. It includes the subjects of Language, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Music, Art, Geography, a Sensorial area and a Practical Life area. Each lesson is given individually at the precise moment in the child's development when they can best understand the concepts and all are taught with hands-on materials. Children advance through the curriculum at their own pace. Because of the benefits of mixed age grouping, they are constantly exposed to more advanced concepts and also re-visit concepts mastered.
Q. How are the children assessed at BSMS?
A. Children in Montessori are constantly testing their own skills with the self-correcting materials. Once a child has mastered a material and specific skill, they are ready to move on to the next lesson. This clearly marked transition through the materials is observed by the teacher as she notes the skills mastered by the child and continues to present the child with more challenging lessons. If the teacher notices a child is having difficulty with a particular material or concept, she presents it again, giving special attention to the details that the child was not grasping.
Q. What affiliation or accreditation does the school have?
A. The school adheres to the guidelines set by the Association Montessori International (AMI). AMI was originally founded by Maria Montessori. Consultants visit the school every few years to assess and help maintain the school's standards and quality.
Q. Is BSMS a religious school?
A. Beautiful Sun Montessori is a non-denominational school. The school's mission is to celebrate diversity, this is done by honoring various cultural activities and observing different cultural holidays and celebrations.
Q. What kind of communication occurs between the school and parents?
A. Close communication between parents and the school are of primordial importance to maintain the child's optimal development. Weekly news letters keep parents informed of general events and happenings at school. Parenting articles are sent weekly as well, to inform parents of the latest research on parenting topics of interest. Weekly photo albums are sent via email showing highlights of the children's week at school. A report detailing the child's most recent lessons is sent periodically. Parent conferences are held 3 times a year to give parents and teachers a lengthy span of time to cover the child's most recent developments and to promote cross collaboration between home and school. Observations are open to parents year round after October break. Parents are also welcome to observe the children at work in the classroom as well as participate in all field trips and special activities.
Q. How is the school calendar arranged?
A. The school follows a mix of the Dutch/Aruban and American school calendar. The school year begins in mid August and ends in mid June. Summer vacation, Winter holiday, as well as Spring and Fall break are given at the same time as the Dutch/Aruban schools. There are more than 180 active school days in the year.
Q. How is transportation arranged at BSMS?
A. Parents are responsible for dropping off and picking up their child from school every day.
Q. What happens after a child attends BSMS?
A.Children graduating from a Montessori program tend to have increased independence, problem solving, academic and social skills when compared to their peers. This is because in their three years of experience at school, they have been given the opportunity to foster these qualities to an outstanding degree. Graduates from our program have gone on to succeed in both public and private schools in Aruba and abroad.
Beautiful Sun Montessori School
Balashi Web 6, Aruba