Is it any wonder some kids are dumberer today? This is the intro from a school website encouraging parents to send their kids to them. I have replaced the name of the school with XXX just in case we get into trouble but I can assure this is copied and pasted in it's entirety - see what you think... XXX School is a free, public charter school, nestled in the foothills of XXX City and it is quickly becoming Northern XXX's sparkling educational gem. It is a little green school house enriched by the philosophies and teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. It has a solid curriculum, beautiful Montessori equipment, and a new play yard, where the laughter of happy children fills the air daily. An acre of sage brush, just perfect for nature walks, sits right across the street and each morning as our students respond to the sound of a gentle chime, we focus on the magnificent sunrise breaking into XXX Valley. Rhymes, fascinating facts, headline news and alliterative word play peppers our morning greeting. Many mornings 5th and 6th graders, who serve as student leaders and guides, hold the hands of their Kindergarten buddies. Songs, movement exercises and a flag ceremony lead us to morning circle through a dining room with cloth table cloths, fresh flowers and stations where students prepare their own lunches. Our classrooms are open and we use lamps, teal green accent walls and plants to naturalize the environment. XXX Montessori led the XXX City School District by having 100% student-led parent conferences. Our portfolio system of assessment has been launched and a full writing and reading program, that is Montessori enhanced, is in place. Montessori materials are abundant in every classroom. Teaching staff members are highly qualified, XXX licensed teachers with Montessori training and the arts are spinning to life with our resident artist/photographer. Right now, XXX Montessori School is the best kept secret in XXX City. As a free public school, we are a perfect blend of Montessori and a standards-based curriculum. Here is an opportunity to get the very best of both worlds. We are a school with thoughtful humanitarianism, nurturing guidance, discipline with dignity and good old fashioned learning-fun. These elements have created a school community that is both respectful and productive. Students are thriving at XXX Montessori and that feeling of Montessori style peace and calm, which so often is missing in today's world, is alive and well. If you are seeking a learning environment that promotes hands-on learning, surrounds your child with positive, warm support and sparks the wonder and curiosity that ignites your child's passion for life-long learning; XXX Montessori definitely should be your school of choice.