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      New TCAPS program helps students learn at own pace

      In response to overwhelming interest from parents, Traverse City Public Schools is offering a new Montessori program at one of its elementary schools.

      TCAPS announced that an eastside Montessori program will start up at Courtade Elementary School in the Fall of 2012.

      Far from the traditional method of education, the Montessori philosophy focuses on the developmental states of each child and where their individual interests lie.

      Principal of Courtade Elementary School Caroline Wacker says, "it's learning at their own pace and there's a lot of choice, a lot of student choice involved. So you might see children working on reading in one area, writing in another, math in another, simultaneously, with the teacher and the classroom aid walking around assisting as needed."

      Planning is underway to provide at least two Montessori programs in the Fall of 2012, a primary program for 3 to 5 year olds and a lower elementary class for 6 to 8 year olds.

      TCAPS also plans to add an upper elementary class for 9 to 11 year olds in the 2013-2014 school year.

      Enrollments are being accepted for the 2012-2013 school year, for more information CLICK HERE.