Main Principles of Zebra Elementary
An emotionally comfortable environment is the foundation for effective learning. We strongly believe that joy is the first indicator of the success of an emotionally comfortable environment. Joy is a primary factor that impacts the formation of a strong and resilient personality and directly impacts the success of the child’s academic performance.
Life skills, such as responsibility and teamwork need to be built and developed at an early age. Small tasks such finishing activities, cleaning up, and shared responsibilities have an effect on building self-confidence, believing in one’s abilities, self-discipline, respect to other people and common spaces. We incorporate into the curriculum daily tasks including social classes to help students develop such skills. We focus on the main 5: Responsibility, Teamwork, Respect, Independence, Understanding.
Guided freedom is a priority of the class to help students build their inner sense of self-respect and recognize other people’s needs and limits. Such freedom for students include opportunities to work with teachers in planning their work, movement throughout the physical spaces including taking bathroom and snack breaks.
Enhanced engagement between students and teachers
The classroom offers a high ratio of teachers to students, with six children in each class. The purposeful enrolment of a small number of students allows for enhanced interaction, voice, and learning including more one-to-one time with the teachers.
An important aspect of learning is the relationship between the teacher and the student. The relationship can determine how motivated and attentive the student is in the class and understanding of the learning material itself.
Having a cap on the number of students in the class allows each student to build a meaningful and individualized relationship with their teachers. For example, for students who place a high value on interpersonal relationships, offering a chance for developing such meaningful relationships with teachers is particularly useful.
Learning in an emotionally comfortable environment created by the teacher-student relationship can further guide students to flourish in their self-confidence. Through such a trusting relationship, students gain lifelong skills of knowing their worth and value.
While large schools often face issues of wasted time on maintaining a discipline of many students and in challenges of bullying, smaller schools are better positioned to address any problems through building relationships and focusing on the power of friendship.
Assessment practices offer close monitoring and tracking of student learning and development
Each child gets a personalized plan and assessments based on how well they are doing in their classes or based on the strengths they could build on. For example, one student may be working above grade level in math and may need additional support in writing. Both these directions can be supported and guided through a hands-on approach where teachers can work individually with students.
A boutique school can see the need for any adaptations and shifts quickly and implement updates (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic). With a broad curriculum in place, such ability to make informed, pedagogically driven, insightful adaptations and adjustments to the needs of the community applies to lesson plans as well as school events and classroom dynamics.
- Small-size class
- K-12 based Curriculum
- Personalized Experience
- Effective Anti-COVID Measures
- Located at the NU Campus
Our son has made great progress since he moved to Montessori elementary school. In terms of English, he improves steadily on the ability to read, write, and communicate with this non-native language. Mathematics is what he is naturally good at, and it is constantly being consolidated at the school. The teachers have also done a wonderful job inspiring him to learn more about science and nature. We attribute a big part of our son’s progress to Montessori’s educational philosophy and the teachers’ conscientious efforts in nurturing him.
As a former Montessori teacher in the US who moved to Kazakhstan in 2015, I was delighted to find Zebra Montessori. In the last six years, we have seen the teachers extraordinary ability to adapt to the needs of our children’s individual learning and emotional needs from toddler to elementary ages. We feel in great hands especially during such unpredictable and challenging times.
It was a great opportunity for the residents of the campus when most schools were online under the pandemic conditions. We were content that our son could go to school everyday.