RiverRun Montessori is an authentic Montessori school serving ages 3yrs.-12yrs.
We are conveniently located near the Albany Pine Bush. Bussing is available for school age children from school districts like Colonie, Guilderland, Schenectady, Niskayuna and more.
Call (518) 937-9338 to schedule a tour and meet our Montessori trained teaching staff.
RiverRun is known for individually paced learning and fostering independence.
The Montessori Method encourages empathy, a passion for social justice, and a joy in lifelong learning.
Montessori students become confident, enthusiastic, self-directed learners. They are able to think critically, work collaboratively, and act boldly.
- Students become scientists for a day along the Hudson - 10/15/2021Our childern are out in the community. We have participated in "A Day in the Life of a River" for several year.
Riverrun Montessori ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:
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National avg.: 13:1
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10% discount for 2nd child 25% discount for 3+ child Before-care - $5/day limited needs-based scholarships available
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- Montessori Basics: Some Basic Information that Every Montessori Parent Should Know
- Montessori schools begin with a respect for children as unique individuals. They work from a deep concern for their social and emotional development.Montessori schools are warm and supportive communities of students, teachers, and parents.
- Montessori consciously teaches children to be kind and peaceful.
- Montessori classrooms are uncluttered, bright and exciting environments for learning.
- Montessori classes bring children together in multi-age groups, rather than classes comprising only one grade level. Normally, they span three age levels. Children stay with their teachers for three years. This allows teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their pupils, allows them to know each child`s learning style very well, and encourages a strong sense of community among the children. Every year, more non-Montessori schools adopt this effective strategy.Montessori classrooms are not run by the teachers alone. Students are taught to manage their own community and develop leadership skills and independence.
- Montessori assumes that children are born intelligent; they simply learn in different ways and progress at their own pace. The Montessori approach to education is consciously designed to recognize and address different learning styles, helping students learn to study most effectively. Students progress as they master new skills, moving ahead as quickly as they are ready.
- Montessori students rarely rely on texts and workbooks. Why? Because many of the skills and concepts that children learn are abstract, and texts simply don`t bring them to life. Also, in the case of reading, many reading series fail to collect first-rate and compelling stories and essays; instead, Montessori relies upon hands-on concrete learning materials and the library, where the children are introduced to the best in literature and reference materials.
- Learning is not focused on rote drill and memorization. The goal is to develop students who really understand their schoolwork.
- Montessori students learn through hands-on experience, investigation, and research. They become actively engaged in their studies, rather than passively waiting to be taught.
- Montessori challenges and sets high expectations for all students, not only those considered "gifted."Students develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation. After graduation from Montessori, these values serve them well in high school, college, and in their lives as adults.
- Montessori schools normally reflect a highly diverse student body, and their curriculum promotes mutual respect and a global perspective.
- Students develop a love for the natural world. Natural science and outdoor education is an important element of our children`s experience.
- The Montessori curriculum is carefully structured and integrated to demonstrate the connections among the different subject areas. Every class teaches critical thinking, composition, and research. History lessons link architecture, the arts, science, and technology.
- Students learn to care about others through community service.Montessori teachers facilitate learning, coach students along, and come to know them as friends and mentors.Students learn not to be afraid of making mistakes; they come to see their mistakes as natural steps in the learning process.
- Montessori students learn to collaborate and work together in learning and on major projects. They strive for their personal best, rather than compete against one another for the highest grade in the class.
- Montessori classrooms are commonly referred to as a "prepared environment." This name reflects the care and attention that is given to creating a learning environment that will reinforce the children`s independence and intellectual development. - The Montessori classroom is organized into several curriculum areas, usually including: language arts, mathematics, everyday living skills, sensory awareness exercises and puzzles, geography, history, science, art, music, and movement.The levels usually found in a Montessori school correspond to the developmental stages of childhood, and at each level, the program and curriculum are logical and highly consistent extensions of what has come before. Early Childhood: age 3 - 6Lower Elementary: age 6 - 9 Upper Elementary: age 9 - 12.
- In multi-level classrooms, younger children are constantly stimulated by the interesting works in which the older ones are engaged. At the same time, older students serve as tutors and role models for the younger ones, which helps them in their own mastery (we learn things best of all when we teach to someone else) and leaves them beaming with pride
- Excerpted from an article by Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation in Tomorrow`s Child Magazine, September 2010
- At RiverRun Montessori we offer an authentic Montessori education. We show you what we have to offer your family.
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Words cannot say enough! We love RiverRun---from the strong community, child-centered Montessori approach, immensely talented teachers, nature programming, annual all-school plays... to the good friends and support that our family gains from the RiverRun community every day. Our girls have flourished at RiverRun and we look forward to a wonderful 5th year.
I'm very happy we chose Montessori in general and RiverRun in particular. We've been at RiverRun since 2014, and our kids have been in Primary, Lower El, and Upper El. I'm consistently impressed by RiverRun faculty's commitment and creativity when it comes to ensuring that children thrive on their own individual paths.
Two of my children are at RiverRun (first year for one and third year for the other) and I cannot imagine them anywhere else. The oldest says he wants to stay there until college - LOL. The teachers, Amy and Debbie, are amazing educators, directresses of the Montessori philosophy, and human beings. The children are engaged and inspired, and they regularly practice practical life skills (cooking, taking public transportation, etc.) and philanthropy. Most families are very involved and it feels like a true community. We absolutely love it!
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