Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the website of Metropolitan Montessori School! We look forward to getting to know you and your family, and showing you our educational program for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

As parents of young children embark on a school search, they often wonder: How can we know what will be the best school for our child and how will that choice prepare our child for their next step? And thinking further into future, they ask: How can a school prepare children for life in the 21st Century when our global society is changing so rapidly? As a recent article in The New York Times reflected, three-fifths of today’s elementary-aged children may end up doing jobs that haven’t been invented yet!

Our school offers an education that meets the specific needs of young children, and helps them develop ways of thinking and solving problems that will stay with them through time.

At MMS, children have the opportunity to discover their personal strengths in a child-centered environment. They develop on their own timetable, and each child is known and appreciated for his or her individuality. As the children progress through the Elementary years, the work becomes more complex and abstract with opportunities for self-directed study, in-depth analysis, small group collaborations, peer teaching, and individual goal setting with teachers. After completing their journey at MMS, our graduates attend some of the most demanding schools in the city, and they are well prepared because they have learned how to think critically and independently and how to get work done on their own. As adults, our graduates are life-long learners who are motivated to take on challenges, open-minded and creative in their approaches to problems, confident in their ability to make good choices, and self-directed as they chart their course in life.

We instill these qualities in our students by:
• Fostering the exploration that comes naturally to children
• Emphasizing hands-on, experimental and creative learning opportunities that encourage choice and responsibility
• Giving children an appreciation of nature and our responsibility to the world in which we live
• Nurturing a diverse community that reflects our global society and creates a welcoming culture for families.

Our philosophy is inspired by the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician. Our students learn the fundamentals of math, language arts, geometry, history, geography, and science, as well as visual arts, performing arts, foreign language, and movement, fitness, and sports. They learn not only the nuts and bolts of their subjects but also develop a social, emotional and ethical foundation that will enable them to take on life’s challenges with assurance. We teach independence from the very beginning as children enter school by themselves and take responsibility for their materials and things. Our hands-on materials allow children to learn from mistakes. The children do not look to adults for confirmation of their success; they can see it in the work that they do. Confidence and competence take hold when a child knows that he or she can achieve something without help.

This journey from 3 years to 12 is a remarkable time in a child’s life, and at Metropolitan Montessori School, teachers, parents and children share in the joy of discovery and the deepening awareness of each individual’s contribution to our vibrant community.

Brenda Mizel
Head of School