Mission, Philosophy, and History

Mission

Oak Meadow School is rooted in the child-centered Montessori philosophy,
which fosters academic excellence, personal growth, and cultural awareness while nurturing children’s spirits. A diverse community of life-long learners, we cultivate confident, independent, and compassionate human beings by providing the tools and experiences needed to embark on rich, meaningful journeys as responsible citizens of the world.

Philosophy

Based on overwhelming evidence, we believe the Montessori approach provides the best possible foundation for teaching and learning.
Because we believe it is our job to meet each student's individual needs, we also incorporate the best and most current available educational research and thinking into our teaching. We teach our students to experiment, test, analyze, observe, and practice in their own educations; we, too, approach our school as a laboratory for ongoing learning. We believe a complete, systematic approach to education – ever-evolving, yet rooted in timeless wisdom – produces sophisticated thinkers and wise individuals.

History

With 13 Children’s House students and a space in the basement of a Boxborough church, Michelle Dubois founded Oak Meadow in 1977.
By 1980, the program grew to include a Lower Elementary program. As the school began to flourish, the church grew too small for the students and faculty of Oak Meadow, so in 1988 they packed up their classrooms and moved to a larger space on Tyler Street in Littleton, at which point the Upper Elementary program was added. Still, the school continued to grow, and in 1991 the school was moved to its present location on Old Pickard Lane in Littleton, where they rented a portion of the building that had been an egg production facility for Cobb’s Chickens. By 1995, Oak Meadow had taken over the entire Old Pickard Lane building and added the Middle School program, and in 1999 the School was able to purchase the property.

Though the egg production facility was a wonderful space, it was time for a facelift at Oak Meadow, so in 2000 a multi-phased renovation was in order, which eventually led to the addition of two Children’s House classrooms, a Middle School wing, and later the completed construction of The Rizzi Center for Athletics and Performing Arts in 2009. The school also added a fine arts studio, as well as several community gathering spaces and administrative offices. In 2008, Oak Meadow completed its accreditation with the Association of Independent Schools of New England and the American Montessori Society.

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Because we believe it is our job to meet each student's individual needs, we also incorporate the best and most current available educational research and thinking into our teaching.