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OUR FOUNDATION

"It takes

a village

to raise

a child" 

                           

"Where Cultural Knowledge & Academic Excellence Meet"


Seneca Village Montessori School's foundation is built on the Nguzo Saba or the seven principles created by Maulana Karenga. We believe that the teaching of these principles and their message will help in the development of an Afrocentric value system for our students. Afrocentric values lead to Afrocentric goals, which lead to a new history for African people.




  • Umoja (Unity) – To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) – To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves instead of being defined, named, created for and spoken for by others.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) – To build and maintain our community together and make our sister’s and brother’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics) – To build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together
  • Nia (Purpose) – To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity) – To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to have our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith)- To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.