Facts-at-a-Glance

HISTORY OF THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL

The Montessori School (TMS), formerly known as New Horizons Montessori School, was founded in 1970 by a group of parents determined to provide quality Montessori education in Montgomery County, PA for their children through the sixth grade. Today, TMS consists of Toddler, Children’s House, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary classes, as well as a before- and after-school Extended Hours Program on an eight-acre campus. 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.

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

  • 140 students in Toddler (18 months) through sixth grade
  • An international community with 14 languages spoken

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, Huntington 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. The Montessori curriculum was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori through 40 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

  • Environmental Science
  • Library/Technology
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL GRADUATES

Independent schools: 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:  Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, North Penn, Upper Dublin, Wissahickon School Districts and other area districts.

FACULTY

All faculty members are credentialed Montessori teachers, which means they have had extensive post -graduate education in child development, Montessori curriculum and philosophy. Additionally, they have been awarded the appropriate Montessori credentials for the age groups in which they teach.

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.

TMS IS ACCREDITED BY

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

MEMBERSHIPS WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS

  • Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
  • Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • North American Montessori Teacher’s Association (NAMTA)
  • Associationne Montessori Internationale (AMI)

TAX EXEMPT STATUS

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