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Copper Beech Montessori

179 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

(617) 524-7539


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Copper Beech is an urban school situated on the Orange line at Stony Brook Station. It is a single story building with a playground and a parking lot. The inside of the building has been completely renovated to be an early childhood center. We follow the Boston Public Schools calendar for vacation weeks and holidays. We end the school year at the end of June and have our summer "camp" for 8 weeks until the week before Labor Day.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

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Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught self-help skills, care of the environment, "green" consciousness, creative movement

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Montessori lessons are given individually by the teacher, children often team up with a friend to work or small groups may form.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Copper Beech Montessori is to provide an environment for young children that will support their optimal development. Included in this is:

� Creating beautiful classrooms which welcome the child and invite her or him to explore
� Fostering an atmosphere of safety and peace through the use of clear, consistent rules
� Building community and cooperation both within and between the classrooms
� Nurturing the social, emotional, and cognitive developmental needs of each child
� Giving each child the tools necessary for him or her to reach full potential

A Typical Day

Each day consists of a morning 3 hour work period (i.e., free play), an hour recess in the morning and in the afternoon, lunch, and rest time. Children can be dropped off as early as 8 AM and must be picked up by 5:30 PM.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

During the year there are two formal parent/teacher conferences. We use email extensively for individual communication; less frequently we talk on the phone. There are 5 or more events during the school year in which all parents are invited.Parents may request a conference at any time and we will schedule it. Teachers may ask the parents for a conference if they have concerns about the child.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year