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The Montessori Graduate

Montessori graduates come from around the world, from every cultural background, and from every social stratum. The families of The Post Oak School’s 2007 student body represented more than 50 nations—a microcosm of the global community they’ll one day inherit and be responsible for. And although Montessori students still account for a small percentage of U.S. grads, they’re wielding ever-growing influence in ever-increasing numbers.

Many Montessori graduates are household names: Jeff Bezos, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Will Wright, Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Julia Child, to name just a few. A disproportionately large number of these graduates are innovators, explorers, iconoclasts. The list includes Nobel laureates, world leaders, successful entrepreneurs and ordinary people—all living life with the gifts of self-awareness and intrinsic motivation that are the legacy of every Montessori student.

Whatever their country of origin, whether they’ve come to Montessori privileged or not, whether they learn conventionally or with some gifts or differences, most leave with the capacity to discover and reach their potential. Over the past five years, 97% of Post Oak graduates were accepted at either their first or second choice of high school. (Where, not surprisingly, they’ve been honored for academic achievement, elected to leadership positions in student government, chosen as captains of sports teams, cast as leads in school plays, and have established new school clubs and organizations.) 98% of our graduates go on to college both in the United States and abroad, prepared to move from there into fields as diverse as business, science, technology, music, teaching, film making, engineering, acting, medicine, government service, law, and scholarship.