Learning communities in our Montessori school are achieved through respectful interactions of mixed-age groupings. This allows for peer tutoring, a spiraling curriculum and exploring the classroom experience from multiple points of view. In a Montessori learning community, students are encouraged to teach, collaborate and help each other. Competition is discouraged and replaced with each child’s personal best. The student is allowed choice in a flexible daily schedule and sets her/his own learning pace. In the learning communities, there is an emphasis on cognitive structures and social development. These learning communities encourage internal self-discipline since all students experience leadership roles.