Welcome from the Head of School

facebookWelcome to the website of Metropolitan Montessori School! We look forward to meeting you and your family, and showing you our outstanding program for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

This nine-year period lays the groundwork for a child’s life. It is a time for exploration, imagination, questioning and growth. Children are learning tools needed for success in school, but they also are learning how to separate from their parents and how to operate in the world. They are discovering who they are. At Metropolitan Montessori, we encourage children to develop as individuals. Children take on age-appropriate challenges guided by teachers who help them reflect on their actions and choices. They are inspired to do their best work, and to go deeper into subjects that interest them.

Metropolitan Montessori is small, and children thrive at our school because they feel secure. They form trusted relationships with teachers and peers. Some of the break-out classes are small with fewer than 10 children; larger, mixed-age groups help children become contributing members of their classroom communities. As the children move through the school, this shared history allows them to engage more deeply in their talents and interests, and helps them to form their individual identities.  In the Upper Elementary, the students become the leaders, working with the young children and setting an example for academic effort, social relationships, and emotional resilience.

Our small and welcoming community makes it easy for parents to participate. The school offers many opportunities for parents to be involved including social events with families, classroom observations and teacher conferences, and roles in the school’s governing body.

Metropolitan Montessori is the only Montessori-accredited school in Manhattan with an early-childhood and Elementary program. In 2013, we received a “Blackboard Award” for our outstanding program, demonstrating that while our approach to teaching differs from many of our peers, our results are outstanding.  Not only do our graduates go on to some of the most demanding ongoing schools in the city, but they are responsible and thoughtful  young people. They have an “Education for Life,” and they are on their way.

Brenda Mizel
Head of School