Morningside blends the philosophy and pedagogy of Dr. Maria Montessori with todays best practices and knowledge of child development.

 

THE EXPERIENCE

Preschool children learning from each other in a mixed-age grouping is at the heart of the Montessori philosophy. Our classrooms are designed to support this style of learning within a small child-to-teacher ratio of 6:1. Younger children watch and are intrigued by what slightly older children are doing. It peeks their curiosity. Older children model and show younger ones how materials and activities are done. This reinforces their competency and develops self-esteem.

Being in an environment with children across a two-and-a-half-year age span allows each child to work with peers across the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive domains regardless of their date of birth.

 

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT

With a 3,000 square foot terrace playground that boasts a vast playscape beneath endless sky and sunshine, growing preschool children can enjoy each other's company and develop their physical abilities. An indoor gym space is available to them on days of inclement weather, so that their daily physical needs are always met. Our classrooms also include an array of materials and activities that support the development of small and large muscles.

 

SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT  

Grace, courtesy and empathy are embedded in the culture of our school. As teachers and older children naturally model this behavior, younger children catch on and begin to do the same.

Blocks and puppet areas allow children to experience and develop sharing and imagination, while practical life activities provide opportunities for socialization and role-playing. Books, circle time and class discussions help children develop social consciousness in age-appropriate ways, and social skills are acquired through observation and instruction. Independence and confidence develop through the use of designed materials.

 

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

The classroom environment is equipped with a multitude of Montessori materials, both traditional and teacher-made. The materials are designed to peek curiosity and are self-correcting, thereby heightening a child’s sense of self-esteem and ability to independently discover new ideas. The materials also help develop memory and refine the visual and auditory senses.

Mandarin and Spanish are immersed throughout the day in the mixed-age programs. All children have an opportunity to access world languages, which helps them become global citizens.

DID YOU KNOW?

Morningside Montessori offers morning Mandarin and Spanish classes to children enrolled in the Morning Mixed-Age Program

Arabic is infused in the Explorers Kindergarten Prep Program for children ages 4 and older. 

CREATIVITY  

Children are encouraged to ask questions, to wonder, and to explore the world. Their childhood is nurtured. We offer a variety of activities via art, music, dance and language in order to expand children’s creativity. They are presented with new materials, textures, smells, sounds, visual stimuli, and edibles to enhance their vocabulary and senses.

 

AGE REQUIREMENT

Limited seats are available in our afternoon mixed-age program for September 2017. Children must be at least 2.9 years-old in order to enroll. Please contact us at (212) 316-1555 or email admissions@morningsidemontessori.org to inquire.

To be eligible for September 2018 enrollment, your child must be 2.9 - 5 years-old.  Our online application will be available in early September 2017. 

As Morningside Montessori School is also licensed for kindergarten, you may be able to enroll your child for the kindergarten year if s/he is 5 years-old. Please contact us at (212) 316-1555 or email admissions@morningsidemontessori.org to inquire.

 

FINANCIAL AID

Each year, MMS is able to offer a limited number of partial financial aid awards. Funding is provided by the fundraising efforts of Morningside Montessori families.

Morningside Montessori School is partnered with the School & Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools. Families interested in applying for aid will complete an online application on SSS, after which, a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) is generated. Our admissions office redacts and prepares all applications, ensuring privacy and confidentiality.  Applications are then submitted for review to the MMS Financial Aid Committee, which is composed of three to four members of Morningside Montessori School's Board of Trustees.

In September, information about how to apply for financial aid will be made available on this page. To be considered for aid, you must complete the financial aid application before January 12, 2018.

 

PROGRAM OPTIONS

For the preschool age child, consistency is key. A five-weekday program is important for this reason, as well as for preparation for kindergarten. We offer a morning option with flexible extended day dismissal times to meet your child's needs. We also offer an afternoon program for families who prefer this scheduling option. Both program options are identical in terms of curriculum, with the afternoon option being 30-minutes shorter than the morning option. 

As Morningside Montessori School is also licensed for kindergarten, you may be able to enroll your child for the kindergarten year if s/he is 5 years-old. Please contact us at (212) 316-1555 or email admissions@morningsidemontessori.org to inquire.

Click on the program options below to learn more about each of our programs.