Blog : Local Private Schools to Host Expo

By Mike | Jan 28, 2015 | in

The Brixham Montessori Friends School in York will join other private schools throughout the seacoast region at the first Seacoast Private School Expo. The event will be held on January 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine. With an atmosphere similar to that of a college fair, the expo will give parents insight into the private schools they're interested in enrolling their children in, as well as give them the opportunity to meet face to face with teachers. During the expo parents can also meet with administrators to discuss issues such as financial aid, the application process, and student and community life. In addition to the different level of schools present - preschool, elementary, middle and high school - businesses focused on childhood enrichment activities will also be present to educate parents on outside school projects.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Originally founded in 1997 as the Orchard Friends School, the school expanded under the direction of founder Alicia Johnson-Grafe adopting the Brixham banner in 2000. Since the expansion, the private school has grown from teaching eight students to almost 100, including toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students.

Brixham's educational inspiration stems from two sources: Montessori (a philosophy which emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for child’s natural psychological development) and the Quaker-inspired Friends movement. Combined, these two philosophies result in a teaching style that embraces simplicity, equality, community, and peace.

The Brixham Montessori Friends School takes various sustainable measures as well. The school handbook asks all students bring re-usable lunch containers and that every family take a part in washing the school’s fabric hand towels. Students also drink from personalized mugs, eliminating the use of plastic cups.

With the intention of offsetting energy costs, and educating students on the benefits of alternative energy, Brixham Montessori hopes to install solar panels in the near future.

Outside the classroom, the school has taken on an ambitious compost- garden program, with left-over food scraps are fed to the campus’ chickens. The resulting waste is then used as fertilizer for the school’s organic garden.

Brixham Montessori also houses a vernal pool, a type of seasonal wetland where amphibians thrive and grow. Because the water level rises and falls so heavily, the vernal pool is incapable of supporting fish. This results in an ecosystem made almost entirely of frogs and tadpoles living without fear of predators, providing students with a great opportunity to learn about amphibious life.

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