Many times in passing I am asked, "What is Montessori?" I usually smile and answer 'It is a way of life.' It is difficult for me or anyone to sum up the entire philosophy in a few sentences that could easily leave out an important integral aspect. As we come to know you, I hope that you begin to understand what Montessori is and all of your questions are answered and your expectations met.
We feel that choosing a school is one of the most important decisions that you will make. Our goal is to help families find the best match for their needs. Our admissions process is a multi-step process which will provide you with enough information and experience in order for you to make an educated decision. Your first step is to schedule an Admissions Tour. Secondly, an application form is submitted along with the application fee and your child's birth certificate. A Class Visit is then scheduled for your child. For the final step, both parents and/or guardians attend a Family Interview with a member of our administration. At the conclusion of these steps we all know if our school and your family is a match.
Every week in our Admissions Tour I “show and tell” our school materials and environment. I go on to explain our personality, mission and vision. I also explain that schools that are either accredited by or affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) are authentic to Montessori’s vision and philosophy.
If you are interested in learning more about Montessori, I would recommend reading about our educational philosophy online and the book, Montessori Today: A Comprehensive Approach to Education from Birth to Adulthood by Paula Polk Lillard. Please feel free to contact me to answer any questions that you might have or to take the first step in our admissions process by scheduling an Admissions Tour.
In the service of the child,
Diane M. Dodds
(908) 595-2900 x203