School Diversity & the Montessori Advantage | West University Moms

Originally posted in The Post Oak School, written by their Admissions Team.

Houston, Texas, is a city as diverse as they come. With a population hailing from every corner of the globe and a lively blend of cultures, it’s no wonder that Houston is seen as one of the most ethnically diverse major metropolises in the United States.

If you’re a parent or guardian in the process of choosing the right school for your child, you probably want a school that reflects the city’s population as well. The importance of diversity in education is undeniable—it’s about preparing your child for a future where collaboration, cultural competency, and open-mindedness are invaluable skills.

Let’s explore why diversity is a critical factor to consider when choosing a school in Houston. 

There are 54 different countries represented by a parent or child at The Post Oak School in the 2023–2024 school year. Our student population diversity is 43%.**

Diversity is important when considering a school for several reasons:

  • Exposure to Different Perspectives: Exposure to people from diverse backgrounds exposes students to a wide range of perspectives and experiences. This helps them develop a more open-minded and inclusive worldview. It can challenge stereotypes and prejudices and promote tolerance and understanding.
  • Social and Emotional Growth: Interacting with a diverse group of people can foster social and emotional growth. It can teach students how to navigate relationships with people who are different from them and develop empathy for others.
  • Civic Engagement: Schools that promote diversity often emphasize values like equity and social justice. This can inspire students to become more active and engaged citizens, advocating for fairness and equality in society.
  • Cultural Competency: Understanding and appreciating different cultures is an essential aspect of being a well-rounded individual. Schools that embrace diversity can help students develop cultural competency, which is valuable in a multicultural world.
  • Promoting Inclusivity: Schools that prioritize diversity often also prioritize inclusivity, ensuring that all students feel welcome and supported. This, in turn, can lead to a more positive and nurturing educational environment.

Take a Closer Look at Montessori & Post Oak

Montessori education’s core principles of individualized learning, respect, and independence, along with its focus on cultural and global awareness, naturally lend themselves to embracing and celebrating diversity. The Post Oak School and other high-fidelity* Montessori schools strive to create an inclusive and respectful learning environment where children from all backgrounds can grow and learn together.

  • Peace Education: Montessori places a strong emphasis on peace education, teaching conflict resolution, empathy, and understanding. This is particularly important in diverse classrooms, where students learn to appreciate and respect one another’s differences.
  • Mixed-Age Classrooms: Montessori classrooms often have mixed-age groups, which mirror the real world and promote cooperation among children of different ages. This helps students learn to respect and value differences in their peers.
  • Cultural Curriculum: Montessori education includes a strong cultural curriculum that introduces children to a wide array of cultures, traditions, and global perspectives. This helps children appreciate and understand the diversity of the world.
  • Inclusive Materials: Montessori materials are designed to be culturally neutral, making them accessible to children from various backgrounds. This neutrality allows for a more inclusive learning environment.

And there are many more reasons to explore! Come see for yourself at The Post Oak School. We offer small group tours and our Admissions team is happy to set up one-on-one chats to answer your questions.

*How will you know if a Montessori school is authentic or high-fidelity? Take a look at their lead teachers to see if they have AMI or AMS training. At Post Oak, all lead teachers in the Young Children’s CommunityPrimary, and Elementary levels hold Montessori credentials, as well as our divisional directors and many assistants.

**If you arrived here from, you may be wondering why they didn’t give us a diversity grade. That’s due to their reporting requirements. We hope this article has been useful in showing our commitment and belief in the value of diversity at Post Oak.

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