Accredited by the American Montessori Society, MMS offers a coordinated, sequential, nine-year program founded on the philosophy and practices of Dr. Maria Montessori.
The Early Childhood program (ages 3 to 6) offers an array of concrete learning activities designed to promote cognitive development, positive self-esteem, courteous manners, and responsible work habits. The mixed-age classrooms allow the younger children to learn from the older children, and create an environment where children can learn at their own pace.
The teacher guides the child to activities based on the child’s individual needs, interests and passions, making sure that the child’s development is well-rounded and modifying activities or instructions according to the child’s individual learning style.
In Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9), concrete materials also are used to explain concepts in math, geometry, history, geography, and science. Students work collaboratively and independently, and they have numerous opportunities to explore the world outside the classroom during field trips to New York City landmarks and Black Rock Forest.
The Upper Elementary learning environment preserves the goals and values of the Montessori classroom but makes use of some traditional approaches as the students prepare to enter rigorous New York City middle schools. Students are provided with opportunities for self-directed study, in-depth analysis, small group work, peer teaching, and individual conferences/goal setting with teachers. They also have blocks of uninterrupted work time, daily homework assignments, tests, and grades. At least one classroom teacher, if not both, are trained Montessori teachers, and many of the staff members also hold advanced degrees.