BACKGROUND OF THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL
The Montessori School (TMS) was formerly known as New Horizons Montessori School, located in Fort Washington, 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 now located in Dresher, and 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.
The Montessori School is true to the joyful practice of the Montessori method. Children explore, learn, and perfect themselves as they choose activities which allow them to develop concentration, self-discipline, and the expectation that they will experience success and satisfaction in their work.
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 good stewards, leaders and ambassadors of peace.
ENROLLMENT & STATISTICS
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
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.
Our alumni have matriculated to and graduated from higher level institutions that include: Antioch University, American University, Bard College, Barnard College, Boston College, Brandeis University, Brown University, Carleton College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Drexel University, Emory University, Florida State University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Haverford College, James Madison University, Johns Hopkins University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, New England School of Law, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, Taylor University, Temple University, Tulane University, Tyler School of Art of Temple University, UCLA, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of Richmond, University of South Carolina, University of Vermont, Vanderbilt University, Wake Forest University, Washington & Lee University, Yale University and more.
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.
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.
TAX EXEMPT STATUS
The Montessori School exists as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.