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Datzyk Montessori School

3300 Broadway
Allentown, PA 18104

(610) 395-6344


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By 1963, Ruth N. Datzyk had experienced a creative and rewarding fifteen year career teaching in the Pennsylvania public elementary schools of Bally, Fountain Hill, East Penn, and Parkland school districts. Her dream, though, had been to run her own kindergarten and nursery school. With the birth of her last child, and no suitable school in the area for a two year old, Mrs. Datzyk realized her dream. Her husband helped her transform the first floor of their large, old home into The Datzyk Kindergarten and Nursery School. Soon, parents inquiring about Montessori schools were being referred to the Datzyk School as being the closest embodiment of the Montessori method that the area could offer.

Out of curiosity, Mrs. Datzyk attended a summer workshop given by the noted Montessorian, Aline Wolf. The Montessori philosophy enticed Mrs. Datzyk to continue her postgraduate work. She studied the Montessori method and earned that diploma in 1968. In that same year, the Datzyk Montessori School was established

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
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 Foreign Language, Yoga,

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
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions