The 2012-2013 school year will mark the 45th anniversary of Park Maitland School. The independent day school for children in Pre-K4 through grade six is known in the community and beyond for its challenging academics, its fine and performing arts, and its cadre of enrichments that help to mold the “whole” child. Children who attend the school learn not only math and reading, but, more than that, life skills and manners and important study habits and the meaning of giving. They learn to be leaders.
Park Maitland occupies a lushly landscaped campus in Maitland, Florida. The garden-like surroundings and charming buildings give children a sense of “home,” and they feel nurtured and supported. Distinctions include the departmentalized program, small teacher/student ratio, and advanced curriculum materials. The academic program is renowned and age-appropriate. The school was founded upon academic excellence, and that remains its cornerstone today.
Park Maitland School is not ordinary. The theme of “leadership” is pervasive, and children as young as four learn the importance of being kind, setting a good example for peers, and giving to others. All students take part in service to the school, the community, and the world. We even built a school in an extremely poor village in India! Service opportunities help our students learn about giving to those in need and reaching out with friendship and kindness to others. It helps them grow “big hearts!”
We feel proud every time one of our students greets someone with beautiful manners and conversation skills. We love it when our students (at all grade levels) lead our school in assemblies or announcements. We are enchanted when they display kindness and patience with older citizens as well as little ones. We are extremely pleased when they achieve academically. We “pop our buttons” when our students go on to excel in middle and high school,in their careers, and in life!
Mrs. Nell Cohen, along with the help of her husband, Mr. Bill Cohen, who concentrated in the founding years on the finance and facilities part of the school, laid a strong foundation on which we will continue to build. We plan to never lose sight of the beginning philosophies of our founders and the most important aspect of our school - the love of and respect for children.