“Ours was a house for children, rather than a real school.” – Dr. Maria Montessori
Since 1997, Orlando Montessori Bilingual Academy (OMBA) has been a part of the Central Florida community as its only Montessori school providing full Spanish immersion in the classroom. We have one of the most important jobs in a child’s life: to foster a love of learning.
Our mission is to contribute to the creation of the whole child by providing a rich, dual language environment in which a child can grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually. By making the classroom into a house full of children we meet the child at their stage of learning, engage them with a classroom created to meet their needs, guide them through their sensitive periods and watch as they consistently demonstrate high levels of academic achievement as well as confidence, compassion, multicultural understanding and independence.
Our philosophy is simple:
- To provide excellence in education for young children based on the Montessori philosophy in a culturally rich environment
- To create an environment of Spanish language immersion thereby exposing the children to dual languages consistently
- To foster a child’s curiosity by providing a safe learning environment in which they can flourish
- To build a partnership with parents that are just as passionate about their children’s education as we are
Why add a second language to the Montessori Philosophy?
We live in a country in which close to 20% of the population speaks a language other than English at home. The U.S. is also part of an increasingly global community.
For many children, language is central to their identity, and learning the second language builds security and self-esteem. Watching their progress from understanding no Spanish, to then mastering two and three part commands in months is quite remarkable.
The exposure to a second language provides the building blocks to greater understanding of other cultures and communities. With more flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening, Orlando Montessori Bilingual Academy aims to provide a greater depth and richness to their life experience.