The mission of Esprit International School is to provide each student a balanced and diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. Esprit embraces the objectives and goals of the International Baccalaureate Organization by offering challenging programs to inspire life-long learning. The Esprit team joins parents and the community to help students develop skills of independence and self-sufficiency, and to become successful adults who will contribute responsibly in a global community.
Our vision as a school is to communicate high expectations to all of our students while guiding them to learn independently, to work cooperatively, and to practice mutual respect.
Our students come from all walks of life and all geographies. They and their families live and work in a wonderfully diverse community here in The Woodlands and the Greater Houston area. People the world over come here to enjoy the wealth of culture, business, and environment of Southeast Texas. At Esprit, we understand that this joyous diversity necessitates flexible and unique approaches to teaching in classrooms comprised of a plurality of national, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
Esprit International School is an authorized IB World School. Our decision to investigate incorporating the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) within the framework of our Montessori teaching methodology came about in the spring of 2003. Our first criteria in researching IB programs was to ensure that the integration of the IB program incorporated well within the Montessori framework without losing any of the elements that had come to define Esprit's founding program. After extensive research into the curriculum of a multitude of IB programs, we determined that the IB philosophy was sufficiently similar to that of the Montessori method so that our students would be able to adapt to it successfully and derive great benefits as well. This affiliation presents many opportunities for our students, and we look forward to continued growth as an IB World School.
We discovered significant similarities between the underlying philosophy of the IB program and that of our Montessori approach. Concerning assessment, for example, both programs are standards-based or criterion-referenced rather than normative or competition based - an important aspect since the Montessori educational and social philosophy is fundamentally devoted to self-development and not driven by a need for competition. Although testing is not the commanding focus in our Montessori environment, assessments are important tools for educators to determine the level of a child's depth of knowledge in content areas. Examinations allow students, as well as others, to discover what they have learned and ultimately how ready they are to proceed to the next level. Exposed to the rigorous intellectual standards of the Montessori curriculum, students come to understand that competition and comparisons between fellow students are not a necessary element for achieving their highest potential. Indeed, in both Montessori and IB schools a student must reach a standard that is related to his or her own achievements, not to those of others.
In addition, the IB program is based on a humanistic worldview, one that the Montessori Method also promotes. We see this humanistic approach in the service orientation of CAS (creativity, action, service) for example, which is similar to the Montessori Land Program concept relating to adolescents. Both programs focus on developing fully rounded human beings.
In short, we believe an association with the IBO benefits our School in many ways, not the least of which is a reaffirmation of our own convictions and a strengthening of our internationalism.
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Welcome to Esprit International School! At Esprit, we are dedicated to building a solid foundation of joy for learning. The love of learning and love of life are the fundamental approaches we apply in teaching each student.
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