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Brookfield Academy’s Montessori philosophy is rooted in the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, a visionary who approached education from a scientific viewpoint.
Brookfield Academy students are taught with concrete materials and demonstrations to capture their interest. As Dr. Montessori did, we “follow the child,” meaning that each child has a unique learning path that we honor by teaching to the child’s ability in all areas including academics, social, and life skills. At Brookfield Academy, children develop the tools they need to excel as learners and to succeed in life.
Founded in 1964, Brookfield Academy was the first Montessori school in Michigan. Its innovative early childhood methods and curriculum attracted the attention of parents from a wide geographic area. Beginning as a preschool/kindergarten, the school soon added lower and upper elementary programs.
From humble beginnings as the Laurel Montessori School in Drayton Plains, Michigan, Brookfield Academy is today one of Michigan’s premier private schools with additional campuses throughout southeastern Michigan.
Since its founding, Brookfield Academy has been honored on numerous occasions both by the United States Congress and by the Michigan legislature for academic excellence and contributions to early childhood education practices.
As a Montessori school, our curriculum is rooted in a profound respect for the child and a belief that education should be an experience that helps the child deal effectively with the real world. Student success is achieved through an individualized, non-graded curriculum. It is further enriched by classes in art, foreign language, music, computers, and physical education.
In 2003, Bright Horizons Family Solutions®, a leader in the field of quality education for young children, assumed management of Brookfield Academy. Bright Horizons continues the commitment to excellence initiated by the school’s founders. Bright Horizons has been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work for in America,” indicating its commitment to excellence for staff members as well as for children and families.
Brookfield Academy is proud of its history as it continues its pursuit of the highest standards of excellence.
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