FACTS-AT-A-GLANCE

BACKGROUND OF THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

The Montessori School (TMS) was formerly known as New Horizons Montessori School and was founded in 1970 by a group of parents determined to provide quality Montessori education for their children through the sixth grade. TMS is one of only a few Montessori Schools in the Philadelphia area that extends its early childhood program through a sixth grade elementary program. TMS consists of two Toddler, three Children’s House, two Lower Elementary and one Upper Elementary class, as well as an Extended Day program for before and after school care. The school is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a professional administration. Head of School, Laura Stulb, was appointed in 2008.

MISSION

The Montessori School educates children using the authentic Montessori approach—a multi-sensory curriculum that allows for individualized teaching and for students to learn and be challenged at their own pace as they develop academically. As a community that fosters self-confidence, leadership, and respect for self and others, TMS encourages students to grow as self-motivated, intellectually engaged learners who will serve their larger communities as both accomplished students and ambassadors of peace.

ENROLLMENT & STATISTICS

  • 150 students in Toddler (18 months) through sixth grade
  • An international community with 20 world languages spoken
  • Teacher/Student Ratios

    • Toddler: The maximum student/teacher ratio is 4:1.
    • Children’s House: The maximum student/teacher ratio is 12:1.
    • Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary: The maximum student/teacher ratio is 15:1.

MONTESSORI SCHOOL STUDENTS COME FROM

Abington, Ambler, Blue Bell, Broad Axe, Chalfont, Cheltenham, Chestnut Hill, Doylestown, Dresher, Elkins Park, Flourtown, Fort Washington, Glenside, Hatboro, Horsham, Huntingdon Valley, Jamison, Lafayette Hill, Lansdale, Lower Gwynedd, Maple Glen, Mount Airy, North Wales, Oreland, Philadelphia, Rydal, Warminster, Warrington, Willow Grove, Wyncote, Wyndmoor and other municipalities within the greater Philadelphia area.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

The Montessori School educates young children using the authentic Montessori curriculum that was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori through her years of scientific research with young children. The Montessori curriculum, method and philosophy is cited in current educational literature and research as embodying key learning skills identified for success in the 21st century.

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING OFFERED

  • Art
  • Environmental Science
  • Library/Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • STEM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Mathematics)

ABOUT MONTESSORI SCHOOL GRADUATES

Feedback from our graduates and their parents consistently indicates that the Montessori School students adapt easily and quickly to subsequent (and often more “traditional”) learning environments. Frequently, our students are described by their later teachers as being capable of advanced, independent academic work, and as being emotionally and socially mature for their ages.

Independent schools attended by our graduates: Abington Friends School, Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, Baldwin School, Germantown Academy, Germantown Friends School, Haverford School, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, Solebury School, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, William Penn Charter School and others.

Public schools attended by our graduates: Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, North Penn, Upper Dublin, Wissahickon School Districts and other area districts.

FACULTY

Our guides hold Montessori certification appropriate to the ages they teach. To be credentialed Montessori teachers, they have had extensive post -graduate education in child development, Montessori curriculum and philosophy.

FINANCIAL AID DISTRIBUTION

Approximately 14% of our students receive financial aid.

DIVERSITY

The Montessori School believes that educational excellence requires a diverse community. We are committed to a learning environment that fosters peace, embraces diversity and encourages a diverse population.

ACCREDITATION

  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • American Montessori Society (AMS)

CERTIFICATION

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Board of Private Academic Schools
  • Department of Public Welfare (Toddler Community)

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association (PAISBOA)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA)
  • Associationne Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • Fort Washington Business Alliance

TAX EXEMPT STATUS

The Montessori School exists as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.