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Park West Montessori

435 Central Park West
New York, NY 10025

(212) 678-6072


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Park West Montessori School provides nurturing, child-centered settings for children ages 3 months to 6 years. The school is committed to building and fostering a community of lifelong learners using proven Montessori methodology, which has been successful for the past 100 years. While focusing on helping children master language, math, and sensorial experience at age-appropriate levels, the school simultaneously nurtures the development of conscious, caring, and compassionate human beings. Park West offers rich and varied environments, from individual activity tables to open floor areas promoting group interaction, from the quiet areas for independent interests to the abundance of the schools' glorious backyard, Central Park. Each of these environments invites exploration and, in total, fully meets the developmental needs of young children. Park West Montessori now offers a 12-month program option for all students in addition to the existing 10-month curriculum. Twin Parks is now offering the most extensive continual infant preschool program of any American Montessori Society or Middle States Accredited Program in Manhattan. Twin Parks Montessori nursery/pre-schools include Park West Montessori, at 435 Central Park West and 104th Street and Riverside Montessori, at 202 Riverside and 93rd Street and the newest, Central Park Montessori, at 1 West 91st Street and Central Park West. Central Park Montessori and Riverside Montessori will continue to offer the 10-month program with two 4 week summer plans.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

From the Director:

Teachers direct, redirect, and give group and individual lessons. However, each area of the classroom (math, language, science, practical life, art, seasonal) has materials available for the child to choose. Teachers are giving specific and individual lessons in math and language based on the individual child regardless of age.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

In a mulit-age classroom, teachers view each child as unique individuals and allow children to work at their own pace and to reach their full potential regardless of age.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Twin Parks Montessori Schools, we rejoice in the basic tenet of Montessori: that children want to learn naturally. We believe that even the youngest child delights in seeing�??and mastering�??how the world works. So our teachers respect each child's individual interests and abilities. Free to follow their own inner dictates, children acquire an ability to learn which is virtually unlimited; free to explore in prepared environments, they develop a sense of purpose, process, completion�??and success.

A Typical Day

Circle time, work cycle, central park, lunch, rest, gym, enrichment, (cooking, Spanish, art movement, music)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Newsletter, Peek's at the Week - weekly summaries emailed home, Parents' Voice, Parent Ed Classes, Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, Coffee chats with Director

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • 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
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Home visits by teachers
  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Gentle and gradual phase in