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Montessori School the Princeton

487 Cherry Valley Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

(609) 924-4594


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We want our students - and the adults they become - to consume the unknown like a favorite meal. As adults, we face the unknown by relying upon learning and life skills, as well as character traits, which we began developing in our earliest years. The child creates, in a very real sense, the adult that is to be, through their experiences, interactions, and environments. Our mission is to assist and enhance this process of creation.
We want our students—and the adults they become—to consume the unknown like a favorite meal; to be able to gather, question, evaluate, and act independently and with confidence. So, in each act of transmitting knowledge, we are also seeking to encourage traits of self-awareness, sociability, self- motivation, active curiosity, discipline, responsibility, and self-reliance. These are the assets our students will come to rely on as they face new situations, in school and throughout their lives.
This, then, is the heart of our philosophy: to impart knowledge and provide opportunities to learn life skills, which together support the development of the whole person and provide the foundation for purposeful, responsible, fulfilling lives.
This philosophy, adapted from Montessori principles and tailored by developmental stages, is evident in all our programs, and is characterized by:
Respect for the child
A responsive environment prepared with multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting materials to support self-directed learning
Observant educators trained to assess learning styles, paces, and trajectories
Purposeful activity as the engine of whole person growth
Freedom of movement to interact with peers and select activities
Uninterrupted time to finish an activity successfully, thus building self-esteem
A \"personal best\" approach, eliminating peer-competition in favor of self-motivation
Excerpted from the preschool's website