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Rivendell School

277 Third Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 499-5667


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Rivendell Preschool, a pre-primary Montessori school, opened in September, 1977 in a Park Slope brownstone with twenty-five students and was called The Children's House of Park Slope. In 1998 it became part of Rivendell School as its model inclusion setting.

Rivendell believes that learning to get along with a wide range of people and accepting and respecting their differences has lasting benefits for everyone. This approach shapes our firm commitment to each other and to Montessori education. Our preschool classrooms typically include children with a variety of learning styles and abilities. Students discover materials especially designed for their levels of readiness and maturity in a warm, creative atmosphere. Our Montessori teachers, along with the special education itinerant teachers and therapists who help children with identified special needs, provide a rich school experience for all the children, for each other and for parents.

The environment of cooperation and respect that we foster at Rivendell incorporates Maria Montessori's belief that a more peaceful world begins by nurturing each child's spirit so that kindness and compassion may follow.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school