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Stuyvesant Heights Montessori

644 Macdonough Street
Brooklyn, NY 11233

(347) 295-1100


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

"The secret of good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones. We seek to sow life in the child rather than theories, to help him in his growth, mental and emotional as well as physical, and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind." - Maria Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught SHM incorporates all subject areas of Montessori (sensorial, practical life, math, language arts and cultural studies). In addition to the Montessori education students are introduced to traditional education using Singapore Math, basic phonemic awareness and early literacy strategies. SHM incorporates a Spanish immersion program 3 times a week. In addition to the daily music program, weekly music theory/movement classes are given in partnership with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

From the Director:

The goal of Stuyvesant Heights Montessori is to develop responsible and productive citizens with strong critical thinking and academic skills. This goal is achieved by providing a rigorous and dynamic comprehensive curriculum executed in partnership with community, family and competent, well qualified staff in a safe and caring environment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori model celebrates the individuality of each learner. During open blocks of time the student is able to focus on materials and concepts that are of personal interest and that are based on the child's academic readiness.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Stuyvesant Heights Montessori, guided by the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, inspires the development of the individual child in a safe, supportive environment that gives the freedom to explore, cooperate and become. We have unwavering confidence in the giftedness of all children. Your pre-schooler will realize her fullest potential in a child-centered environment where it is safe for her to explore with all of her senses, have successes, make mistakes and enjoy learning.

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
  • 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
  • Parents in classroom early on