|Emphasis on cognitive structures and social development||Emphasis on rote knowledge and social development|
|Teacher’s role is unobtrusive; child actively participates in learning||Teacher’s role is dominant; child is a passive participant|
|The Montessori method and environment encourages self-discipline||Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline|
|Mixed age groups||Same age groups|
|Children are encouraged to engage in cooperative learning, teaching collaborating and helping each other||Most teaching is done by the teacher and collaboration is discouraged|
|Children develop personal learning styles and set own pace to internalize information/knowledge||Instruction pace set by group norm or teacher|
|Organized program for learning care of self and self-directed care of environment|
The Montessori School of Westminster has an average staff-to-student ratio of 1:10.