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Seneca Village uses the Montessori Method, but is guided by an African Centered approach to teaching. An Afrocentric curriculum helps to provide our children with a strong sense of self while the Montessori approach allows for our children to learn through movement and activity while encouraging their creative spirit. Combining the two creates a “best of both worlds” scenario for our students.
Seneca Village Montessori School’s foundation is built on the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles created by Maulana Karenga. We believe that the teaching of these principles and their message will help in the development of an Afrocentric value system for our students. Afrocentric values lead to Afrocentric goals, which lead to a new history for African people.
The Montessori method is a unique educational approach that nurtures a child’s intrinsic desire to learn. Montessori focuses on the whole child—her cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Montessori is designed to help all children reach their fullest potential at their own unique pace.
I just wanted to share how impressed I am with Osselito's growth. His language development has soared in the past couple of months. Each day he comes from school he is so eager to tell me about his day. Lately he is has been talking about the systems in the body and which body parts are in working together. He has been talking about the forest and animals in the ocean, and for some reason he has taken to using the word "actually" a lot. I'm just really grateful to know he is spending his day immersed in such advanced discourse and engaging learning activities. It puts my mind at ease.
Seneca Village is a haven for the black and brown children it serves. My son joined the village in the summer of 2018. He was a new two speaking only a few words. His receptive language was where it should be but we couldn’t get him express himself verbally. By the time the summer was over our watoto was speaking many more words and astounding us each day with the knowledge he learned over the summer. We feel at home in Seneca Village. From the RGB flag at the door to the images of black and brown children in the libraries, we are sure we have our son in the right place.
"My Granddaughter has progressed so much since attending the school. The staff is so warm and friendly. The school is very clean and has a welcoming feeling. Great activities for parent and students. I would definitely recommend this school to friends and family."
"Really clean organized, friendly staff, good energy at the place and from staff members, professional, cultural, children are nice and well behaved it's perfect! So glad I listened to my gut and went with this school i'm particular and this place has all checks on the list."
The S. Khalilah Brann Scholarship was established by her family to keep Khalilah’s amazing legacy alive. Khalilah was a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a mentor to many. However, the title she might have loved the most was that of Educator.
Khalilah created Culturally Responsive Educators of the African Diaspora (CREAD) with the mission of strengthening our children and community with PRIDE based on the Sankofa principle. She dedicated her life to her people with emphasis on our youth.
The scholarship set up in Khalilah’s honor will continue her mission by providing support in ensuring the positive racial identity development through education of young people of the African Diaspora. Every dollar earned through this fund will go directly towards a tuition payment for deserving families attending Seneca Village Montessori School .