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North Shore Montessori School

218 Christian Avenue
Stony Brook, NY 11790

(631) 689-8273


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori classroom is an environment which is carefully prepared by the teacher. The whole learning environment - room, materials and social climate - must be supportive of the learner. The Teacher provides necessary resources, including opportunities for children to function in a safe and positive climate. The focus of activity in the Montessori setting is on children learning, not on teachers teaching. Generally students work individually or in small, self-selected groups. The Montessori method strives to give the child the independence and self confidence necessary to become life-long learners. The social and emotional growth of a child is crucial to the Montessori Method. The Montessori classroom is a safe and warm environment where children develop social skills and a sense of responsibility for their own behavior within the greather school community. The Montessori classroom is a comfortable, clean, safe and nurturing environment specifically tailored to encourage age-appropriate exploration and learning. The Montessori classroom is very different than the traditional model in that it is designed for active exploration by the child. The essential difference in theory from a traditional classroom is that instead of information passing from the teacher to the student, the teacher is putting the child in touch with the environment. The classroom is set up with centers for each of the five main areas of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We, the North Shore Montessori School Community, declare our commitment to provide an enriched, nurturing, and appropriate educational experience in a prepared Montessori environment while meeting with NY State requirements. This experience will enable our children to self-learn, to share and to succeed with strong self-esteem through exploration in becoming life-long learners who take pride in their work and in their interactions with others. We acknowledge that this commitment is a pact between the Board of Trustees, the staff, the parents, and the children of the North Shore Montessori School Community.

The North Shore Montessori School serves a community of toddler, preschool and kindergarten students. The School welcomes diversity in its population admitting students of any race, color, nationality, ethnic origin or religious affiliation.

A Typical Day

Students arrive each day ready and eager to begin their work. Each family is greeted by our staff as they are dropped off via the car line or enter into the building. The students are welcomed into their classroom by their teacher and the day begins. Each student is given the tools necessary from the time they enter the classroom to become confident and independent problem solvers with the guidance of the teachers and assistants. Students begin the day with a circle greeting and move onto various work stations which include practical life, language, math, geography, and science. In addition, he students are afforded the opportunity to attend music, art, physical education and spanish classes throughout the week.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are offered a variety of Parent Workshops each month that help to connect the school learning environment to home. A monthly newsletter is provided to each family from the Director. Community Service involvement is an essential component of our curriculum. Our school is a Parent Cooperative and is guided by a Board of Trustees.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation Anxiety at North Shore Mntessori is handled according to the individual child's needs and wants at the time of the anxiety. Our teachers and staff are highly experienced and trained with regards to these situations. However, the focus is always to decrease the child's sense of anxiety and allow them to feel safe and secure within their environment.