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The Montessori House School

426 Knickerbocker Road
Tenafly, NJ 07670

(201) 816-8343


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori Method has our teachers "follow the child". In effect each child has an individualized learning program that matches the child's interest and ability. This approach fosters independence, self-control, and a vibrant interest in learning. In the mixed-age classroom (ages 3 to 6), children feel comfortable whatever their individual level of academic development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

How We Run Our School

While the Montessori Method defines the classroom experience at The Montessori House in so many ways, we care deeply about your child’s total experience at school, and about your experience as a parent.

For children, we consider a warm, caring approach a top priority.

With a low student:teacher ratio, our teachers can take the time needed to care for and guide each child -- without raised voices -- in class, at lunch, or on the playground.

We provide a safe environment for children, where “safe” is defined broadly.

First, video monitors at our entrance and classrooms, along with an office staffed full-time to monitor visitors, ensures physical security. Second, classrooms cleaned daily without harsh, commercial chemical products ensures a healthy learning place. Third, appropriate foods at school (snacks, lunch, and special events) ensure children stay alert and engaged with self-control.

We offer children a rich set of experiences at school.

We seek to expose children to real things – natural materials in the classroom; trees, flowers and wildlife in the playground; seasonal and exotic fresh fruits and vegetables for snack.

The Montessori House is fortunate to welcome students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Beyond day-to-day peer interaction, children also participate in cultural activities led by parents in class or at one of our school festivals.

For parents, we are open and available.

Our teachers care, and with a low student:teacher ratio they can take the time to converse with parents – both listening and providing ad hoc reports. We deliberately structured our dismissal process to foster this kind of easy, informal dialogue between parents and teachers.

Our office is always open and staffed school days, ready to respond to your special needs or questions. Parents are welcome in the school at all times, and can observe each of our classrooms via closed-circuit TV. Our Director responds quickly to calls or e-mails.

We want parents involved at school in ways that involve the children. Opportunities include Parent Committees, parent-led class activities, field trips, and school festivals.

As we do for children, we seek to give parents a warm, caring experience at The Montessori House

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We meet formally with parents twice each year to review their child's development. Teachers and our Director often provide informal feedback and reports to parents, and are available as-needed for additional formal meetings.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

The Montessori House is noted for its careful "phase-in" of both new and returning students. In our Stepping Stones program we start with home visits, followed by small groups in the classroom (first with parents, then without), to provide a positive and effective "first school experience".

For older children, we also phase in during the first week of school. In particular, students who are new to the classroom (including students new to the school), attend for several days in a small group to become familiar with the new environment and culture. Parents attend the first day, and teachers have an opportunity to get to know their new students. When returning students join the classroom later in the week, the new students already know the teachers and the classroom routine.