Waterfront Montessori

Waterfront Montessori is a parent-founded, parent-run school committed to excellence and to developing global leaders and citizens.
Our philosophy and curriculum reflect the beliefs we've developed as a result of observing and nurturing our own children: We believe that each child is a unique and extraordinary individual with his or her own set of gifts, interests and needs; we believe that if we encourage the natural curiosity of each child, the child will develop confidence in his or her ability to master any subject or skill; and, we believe that if we respect and nurture what is already within each child, the child will have the opportunity to become everything he or she can be.
Our primary goal is to foster a love of learning that our children will carry throughout their lives.
By creating our vision of the best possible school for our own children, we believe that we can provide an extraordinary learning environment for yours.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 127 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Waterfront Montessori ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
127 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Waterfront Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies from $22,000 to $35,000 based on age/class and half/full/ext day hours.
Summer Program Cost
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Ben Wagor
Admissions Associate
Jessica DuRoselle


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
17 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Arts & Crafts, Ballet, Bambino Chef, Chess, Creative Movement, Drama, Fencing, Journalsim, Robotics, Sewing, Wow Sports, Yoga

Arts and Music Programs:
Guitar, Piano, Violin, Visual Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Waterfront Montessori was founded in 2003 when a group of Jersey City mothers who were frustrated by both the limited educational options and the lack of enrichment activities for their children close to home decided to take matters into their own hands. We set out to create what we did want in a school: A place where our children could get an exceptional education; a place where the activities we wanted for them art, music, theater, foreign languages, movement were either part of the curriculum or otherwise offered; a place with talented and highly qualified teachers who would guide our children; and, a place in which we were confident our children would be as well off, if not better off, than in our care. We set out to create what is now Waterfront Montessori -- a parent-run school with strong community ties and a drive to achieve the highest educational standards for each and every child -- including our own. Our mission is to provide the highest caliber of well-rounded education, socially, emotionally, intellectually and artistically, for all children from all over the globe and from all walks of life, so that they may achieve their fullest potential as critical thinkers, learners, explorers, inventors, artists, leaders, and, ultimately, citizens of the world. Programs offered are:
  • Toddler/Pre-Primary (Ages 2 to 3.5)
  • Primary (Ages 3 through Kindergarten)
  • Lower Elementary (Grades 1, 2 and 3)
  • Upper Elementary (Grades 4 and 5)
  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (Grades 6 through 8. WFM is an authorized IB World School.)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Waterfront Montessori cost?
Waterfront Montessori's tuition is approximately $31,000 for private students and $1,500 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Waterfront Montessori?
The acceptance rate of Waterfront Montessori is 65%, which is lower than the national average of 79%.
What is Waterfront Montessori's ranking?
Waterfront Montessori ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New Jersey for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Waterfront Montessori?
The application deadline for Waterfront Montessori is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Waterfront Montessori located?
Waterfront Montessori is located in the Downtown Jersey City neighborhood of Jersey City, NJ. There are 11 other private schools located in Downtown Jersey City.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (11 reviews)
As a Waterfront Montessori graduate, I can honestly say that even compared to my high school, college, and graduate educational experiences, WFM did the most to prepare me for professional success and made me into the person I am today. Thanks to WFM's continual encouragement to explore my interests and self-driven research opportunities like FedEx days, I am now endlessly curious and relentlessly persistent when learning and solving problems. When I'm introduced to a new concept or unsolved problem, I won't stop until I fully understand or have solved it-quickly gathering research, synthesizing information, and using pattern recognition to build a rich depth of understanding in relatively little time. In my free time, I constantly seek to learn new things and build prototypes to test my knowledge and abilities.Thanks to WFM's middle school's self-managed weekly work plans that mirror workplace task management, I have extremely robust time management skills and am completely self-driven-I hit the ground running on day one of new jobs and maintain a high level of productivity that has earned me multiple promotions in short succession. This carries over to my personal projects, too.Thanks to regular class presentations, a continuous focus on writing, and Montessori Model United Nations, WFM taught me skill, confidence, and grace with writing, verbal communication, and public speaking. Not only can I deftly make complex concepts simple and intuitive to understand (with prose to match) in writing, but I can also present the same in front of crowds without preparation, nervousness, or hesitation. In just three years out of college, I regularly write documents that translate complex, technical subjects for C-suite members and am frequently tapped to host marketing events-including a talk at a recent user conference in front of 150+ industry professionals.I could not recommend the school more highly. It's had an outsized positive impact on my life-and even given me some of my best lifelong friends along the way.
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My son just finished second grade at Waterfront Montessori. He is always excited to go in the morning and even when I pick him up after school, he wants to stay! I see that he reads anything, all the time and that his vocabulary always surprises me! He has many friends and tells me about how he is able to work together. His teachers share with me how much he learns from his older classmates and he especially loves helping his younger friends, it's great that the classes are multi- age!
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I have only been a teacher at Waterfront Montessori School for a year, but in that time, I feel like I have become part of the family. Students, parents, and my fellow teachers have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. I enjoy coming to school each day to teach our students and to see how much they have grown and learned. And even though it seems like the end of the school year has come too fast, I am looking forward to having our 8th graders embark on the adventure of high school, well prepared to take on new challenges. And I am happy to know that I took part in their educational journey.
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Both of my sons graduated from Waterfront Montessori, one starting the school in 4th grade and the other in kindergarten. Along with a strong academic environment that prepared them for their transition into high school, the attention and care given to teaching them how to organize their time, collaborate with their peers on various projects, follow their interests, and give presentations with confidence and ease truly gave them skills for life. I appreciate each classroom environment that helped them develop their self-motivation, strong work ethic, and attitude that they are capable of trying anything! They both had a wonderful experience at Waterfront Montessori!
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Waterfront Montessori fosters an intense learning environment where students learn analytical and critical thinking skills. This environment is well-balanced with creativity, language acquisition, and health and wellness. Students are rigorously challenged in academia and in the arts.
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Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities - excellent, one of the best investments we've made. OUr kids entered Waterfront in the middle school. Academic rigor is so far beyond the rote assessment paradigm currently at play in the public schools. They are forced to learn in 360 degrees, in groups, through a wide array of assignment types. Parents have full access into everything. One of my kids has needed extra attention from us and the school which forced us to really dig into their learning management system (Manage Bac) and it's only deepened our appreciation for what is unfolding. We are not involved in after school programs though the Model UN experience was incredible. We found out about monthly jazz concerts when our kids mentioned it at dinner (we didn't realize the kids were being exposed to jazz sessions as part of their curriculum). School is about nurturing the whole child and should go beyond what tests can measure and Waterfront really hits the mark. The admin and teachers are always accessible, we've never had issues addressing concerns which is another reason we're so glad we chose this school. NO school is perfect, that's an unfair bar to expect, but a school that strives to continually improve via feedback and open door policy is what we wanted, and what we found at Waterfront.
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As parents of two children who have attended Waterfront Montessori from the Toddler program through Lower Elementary with one child and Middle School with the other, we are more than happy to offer a thorough review of our family's experience with the school. Our journey with Waterfront Montessori has been nothing short of transformative, not just for our children but for our entire family.Waterfront Montessori's dedication to the Montessori method is evident in every aspect of its curriculum and daily activities. The school's commitment to fostering independence, curiosity, and a love of learning in its students is clear from the Toddler program through to Middle School, consistently providing an education that is both comprehensive and deeply respectful of each child's learning journey.The teachers at Waterfront Montessori have been exceptionally caring, nurturing, and keenly observant of our children. As parents, we could not imagine anyone knowing our children as well as we do. We were truly amazed to witness their remarkable understanding of our children's strengths and challenges, thus creating an environment where our children feel seen, understood, and supported.The curriculum at Waterfront Montessori is rich and varied, offering a well-rounded education that includes core subjects along with art, Spanish, music, coding, physical education, and STEM. In Middle School, Montessori methods are seamlessly integrated with the IB Middle Years curriculum, covering subjects like language and literature, individuals and societies, science, math, design, Spanish, art, and health/PE.The annual two-week musical intensive for students in grades 1 through 8 is a highlight our children eagerly anticipate each year. This program gives them the chance to engage in all aspects of a musical production, providing a truly enriching experience. Additionally, the STEM fair offers our children excellent opportunities to connect with real-world problem-solving, sparking interests in areas we never anticipated.Our time at Waterfront Montessori has been incredibly positive. Our children have grown into confident, independent thinkers with a strong sense of responsibility and a love for learning. If you're considering a Montessori education for your child, I cannot recommend Waterfront Montessori highly enough-it has been instrumental in our children's development and is deeply cherished by our family.
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I am the owner of Premier Chess, which has run a program at Waterfront Montessori for 5 years now. I love working with the administration and seeing the students progress with their chess learning. 5 Stars School.
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My son goes to Waterfront Montessori for after school programs every year, it has been a very pleasant experience! It is awesome that the programs are open to the public! My son loves all the classes and teachers there, and asks me to register him back every term. I'm sure we will be here as long as we fit in the age group!
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A wonderful school to work for.
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Both my sons have been at the Waterfront Montessori since they were 3. My oldest is graduating from 8th grade this year! The Waterfront Montessori offers a great learning and nurturing environment for children. The teachers are true educators, focusing on academics, soft skills, life skills, independence, and instilling intellectual curiosity. The staff is very supportive, and the school has a great community atmosphere. As young pre-schoolers, my children developed strong linguistic and functional skills at a young age. When my oldest was applying to high school, the school counselor was very supportive and guided us throughout the process. The music and theatre curriculum is excellent and has been a tremendous compliment to my children's education. It has been a great decision for me to enroll and keep my children at the school. Strongly recommend!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NJ School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 127 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,000
  • Acceptance rate: 65%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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