5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: (978)922-1008
  • Since 1973, Harborlight Montessori has provided unparalleled educational, academic, and social experiences for children.
  • Expanding and developing over the years, Harborlight Montessori has become a model Montessori school for children from infancy through young adolescence.
  • Harborlight is the lab school for Montessori teacher training with Montessori Institute - New England http://www.mi-ne.org/ T
  • Harborlight Montessori takes great pride in the achievements of both current students and alumni.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1973
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students296 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by GradeHARBORLIGHT MONTESSORI Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,050
Tuition NotesExtended day available.
Admissions DirectorRachel McAlpine


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, SoccerBasketballFlag Football,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.16 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Adventure Club, Basketball Club, Chess Club, Chinese Club, Cooking Club, Drama Club, Flag Football, Lego League, Mountain Biking Club, Sailing Club, Skiing, Spanish Club, Water Polo, Yoga Club

Club or Organization:
Bowling, Garden Groupies
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School Reviews

5  5/17/2016
We''ve had our son at HL-ST for 4 years now and could not be happier. It is not just that it's "better" than the other schools around us terms of class size, teacher dedication etc. It's that the Montessori curriculum itself is so much more effective and advanced than anything else out there. When it was designed in the early 20th century, it was based not only on developmental psychology but actual neuroscience. Each grade and stage is fine-tuned for optimal learning potential, integrating each child's individual needs, both cognitively and socially. Do some research about what our country is lacking in it's current educational system, and what our children will absolutely need in the years ahead. You''ll find every one of those aspects built in to the Montessori approach from the very earliest ages. It's highly structured, yet that structure is completely invisible to your child and will seem very open-ended to them on a daily basis. What they WILL know is that school is fun, learning is something they want more of and that respect for one's peers, teachers and the world around them is paramount. A few examples: My son started at age three, and before he even entered Kindergarten his class was learning about biology (difference between vertebrates and invertebrates), the geology of the earth, and our place in the solar system. At the same time, a lot of time was spent with what is called in the Montessori system on Practical Life and Grace and Courtesy. In this the children learned to truly work together, to help serve snacks and lunch for each other, to clean up together and how to peacefully resolve conflicts. This curriculum is also built right in, and follows all the way up through Middle School, where you will meet the most respectful and friendly teens you;ll ever encounter. By the time they leave school at 8th grade they are confident, truly love learning and exploring and frankly are better educated than most high school seniors.
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