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Metropolitan Montessori School

325 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024

(212) 579-5525


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The MMS primary school program has mixed age classrooms (ages 3 to 6 years).The children have the opportunity to discover their personal strengths in a nurturing, child-centered environment. They develop on their own timetable, and each child is known and appreciated for his or her individuality. They engage in hands-on activities in the areas of language, math, sensorial exploration and practical life. They learn to be independent thinkers and resilient problem solvers. They learn to function as active members of a community, the older students modelling and teaching the younger ones by example. There is a very active, involved Parents Association, providing an opportunity for parents to engage at different levels in activities within and outside the school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

MMS is a nurturing, school with a reputation for academic excellence. Our school offers an education that meets the specific needs of young children, and helps them develop ways of thinking and solving problems that will stay with them through time.We teach children by fostering the exploration that comes naturally to them, emphasizing hands-on, experimental and creative learning opportunities that encourage choice and responsibility, giving children an appreciation of nature and our responsibility to the world in which we live, nurturing a diverse community that reflects our global society and creates a welcoming culture for families. After completing their journey at MMS, our graduates attend some of the most demanding independent schools in the city, and they are well prepared because they have learned how to think critically and independently, to be active learners and are emotionally and socially mature citizens of their community.

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 Specialist teachers lead classes in French, Spanish, choral music, strings, art, physical education, library, and computer skills. Additionally, MMS offers an in-house Learning Support Center, staffed by a full-time school psychologist and a teacher.

From the Director:

The Primary School (ages 3 to 6 years) offers an array of concrete learning activities designed to promote cognitive development, positive self-esteem, courteous manners, and responsible work habits. The mixed-age classrooms allow the younger children to learn from the older children, and create an environment where children can learn at their own pace. The teacher guides the child to activities based on the child’s individual needs, interests and passions, making sure that the child’s development is well-rounded and modifying activities or instructions according to the child’s individual learning style.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

MMS has an in-house Learning Support Center staffed by a full-time school psychologist and teacher. These professionals consult routinely with teachers, develop remediation programs to meet the needs of individual learning styles, facilitate the teaching of reading and monitor standardized test performance.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Mission Statement"
Metropolitan Montessori School is dedicated to providing an enriching and challenging educational environment where each child is encouraged to grow to his or her fullest potential academically, emotionally, and socially. Through the dynamic partnership of child, parent, and teacher, a consistent Montessori framework for learning is developed, offering 'An Education for Life.'
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A Typical Day

8:45 Arrival for children ages 3 to 6 years.
9:00 group meeting
9:00 to 11:00 time to explore with the materials while teachers give lessons on one on or in small groups
11:00 gym/music
11:30 outdoor play time
12:15 dismissal
12:15-2:45 Afternoon program for 3 and 4 year old children. Includes lunch, rest time and outdoor play time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

MMS communicates with parents through monthly newsletters from the classroom teachers, the school website, Friday Flyer weekly updates, phone calls, email, classroom observations, parent education events, parent teacher conferences and end of the year reports. The Head of School is a welcoming face greeting children every morning at the door.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • 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
  • 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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Transition camp in June and July. In September, the school hosts coffee mornings for new families, a separation workshop, a caregiver's workshop. New children come in for a special transition visit before their first day of school so they have time to connect with their new teachers. Teachers greet the children at the door for the first few weeks and they call new parents every day with an update for the first week of school. New families have a one on one meeting to touch base in Oct .