The Montessori School

  • The Montessori School is dedicated to providing a quality education based on Maria Montessori's principles and methods.
  • Encouraged to achieve their maximum potential, children expand their intellects and minds in an atmosphere of freedom and peace.
  • The school's program promotes an understanding of Montessori pedagogy among members of its family and in the community at large.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other Montessori association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded1970

Student Body

Total Students150 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
28%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$16,000
Tuition NotesTuition ranges depending on class level are $14650-$17875. Kindergarten and Elementary programs are 5 days per week. Financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
6%
Admissions DirectorSeema Khetarpal

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Rotating STEM programs

School Notes

  • 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.

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    7.4 miles
    1775 Skippack Pike
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    (610)275-1775
    7.4 1-3
    51
  • Gladwyne
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    Grades: NS-6 | 228 students
    10.6 miles
    920 Youngsford Road
    Gladwyne, PA 19035
    (610)649-1761
    10.6 NS-6
    228
  • Haverford
    Grades: NS-8 | 148 students
    12.8 miles
    851 Buck Lane
    Haverford, PA 19041
    (610)642-2334
    12.8 NS-8
    148
  • Haverford
    Grades: PK-12 | 977 students
    12.5 miles
    450 Lancaster Ave.
    Haverford, PA 19041
    (610)642-3020
    12.5 PK-12
    977
  • Huntingdon Valley
    Grades: NS-6 | 119 students
    3.9 miles
    1641 Hampton Rd
    Huntingdon Valley, PA 19046
    (215)884-3238
    3.9 NS-6
    119

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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I graduated from TMS in 2013, so I began there when it was still called New Horizons. I truly would not be the person I am today without this school. I learned critical thinking skills, compassion, tolerance, integrity, and respect, and developed a passion for learning that will stay with me for the rest of my life. You may not realize it now, but the first part of your child's life plays such an important role in their development. When I tell my friends about the individualized, hands-on approach that the Montessori method encourages, they wish that they could have had the opportunity to attend TMS as I was lucky enough to have had. Because I was never pressured to do well for a grade, I learned until I mastered a subject instead of just enough to pass a test. Because of the diverse backgrounds of students and teachers at the school, I have always been empathetic and accepting of others. Because of the individualized learning, I never fell behind and learned to be confident in asking questions. Because of the wonderful teachers, I was always encouraged to succeed. Because of the Montessori materials, I was able to visualize and make connections while learning. Even today as I take AP Calculus BC, I know I have a leg up on other students because I can connect many lessons to Montessori materials I used in Upper El. This year I am in 12th grade in high school, and even though my years at TMS seem to have been so long ago, I still have vivid memories of my wonderful experiences there, even as far back as Children's House. My teachers were my second set of parents, and the school my second home. As a 3-year-old, I of course could not decide where to go to school, but I am so, so grateful that my parents sent me here. If I had the chance to rewind time and choose where to go to school, I would choose TMS without a doubt.
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The Montessori School has been such a great find for our family. My daughter has been there for the past five years. It is a relief to drop her off each day knowing there are well educated professionals looking out for her best interests. They really do care about meeting the individual needs of the children there and we have always felt like she has been both encouraged and supported educationally. She really loves going to school. Her classmates are so kind and she has been able to thrive educationally and emotionally. There are lots of chances for afterschool activities, including STEM and music and a really great afterschool program that we need and she loves. I am very grateful we found this place.
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Incredible and transformative. A beautiful way to educate your child! Maria Montessori was a genius. The Montessori School has opened my mind to the way education should be. The curriculum is individualized and designed to meet your child where he/she is in their development. It is uniquely tailored to help your child meet his/her potential. There is a profound respect between the students and the guides. I have three children attending and have seen them blossom into articulate and curious global citizens. The Montessori Method truly instills a love of learning and curiosity in every student. If you are considering sending your children to the school I would recommend visiting because the minute you walk into TMS you will be amazed at what an authentic Montessori classroom is like.
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We had decided to change our daughter's care, from a local day care to The Montessori School about 1.5 years ago (she is now 4). At the time, we had felt that our child was not getting the best possible care. The day care seemed more like a babysitting institution that would simply try to pass the day with general activities that were applied across the board to all children. They even discouraged our bilingual daughter from speaking our native language at home, pressing us to only speak to her in English at all times. When our daughter started at the Montessori School, the difference was obvious and very noticeable. She started in the Children's House classroom, and was gently and carefully introduced into the class. Personal attention was given to her during that time of transition, while her highly trained teacher quickly gained a sense of her most subtle qualities, those that even some of our family members didn't know about her. Our daughter was introduced to the excellent Montessori lessons one after another in a very personalized way, based on her interests, strengths, and potential. We immediately noticed the attentiveness, personalization, and incredibly caring nature of each teacher and staff member at The Montessori School, devoted to the progress of our child. Two and a half years later, we continue to be amazed! Our daughter's teacher continues to allow us to be involved with her development through emails and intermittent one-on-one meetings, with ideas to reinforce her lessons and education at home. Our daughter has loved going to this school and misses it so much during weekends and vacation days. She has impressively started to read full sentences and simple books at 4 years of age and loves doing simple addition. She has an appreciation for nature, art, play, and mindfulness. We enrolled our 2 year old son in the toddler class earlier this year. His toddler class teacher came for a home visit. Then, during an orientation day at the school, he was personally introduced to his classroom by her, and he has loved going to school since day 1. We're truly grateful to the Montessori system of (especially early) education, where it is implemented quite sincerely at The Montessori School. Their dedication to the development of our children is truly a wonder.
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My children have been at The Montessori School in Dresher for all of their schooling. My spouse and I believe fully in the Montessori method of teaching, especially the idea of meeting the child where he is in his learning and development and not trying to shoe-horn him into a prescribed mold. This is a powerful method, in that it allowed one of my children to move with math skills as far and as fast as he was ready. It allowed another child the extra time needed to learn to read, without the pressure of trying to keep up with the group. I expect that when my older child graduates, he will be ready for algebra one in 7th grade. The school gives the children a strong foundation in math, verbal and public speaking skills. It also promotes tremendous independence and responsibility in students. But, best of all? My children's love of learning and curiosity is still as bright and evident as it was when they entered the school as 3-year-olds. I can't think of a better thing to say about a school than that.
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