Alpine Montessori of Millburn f/k/a The Montessori School of Millburn-Short Hills was established in 1978. This location is licensed for 89 children and is comprised of 6-7 smaller classrooms with a low teacher-student ratio. The school provides a very strong academic program which is delivered in a warm and nurturing environment.
There is a large community classroom where children get together for circle time, arts and crafts and additional activities. We also have a separate reading/ library where children can select books and spend time with the reading materials. There is also a playground/ outdoor area for the children to play during outdoor time.
The unique Montessori program at our Millburn school is designed as an excellent foundation for the continued education of children 2-1/2 to 6 years old. In addition to the Montessori daily lessons, language, writing and mathematical development, the curriculum can be found below.
Words cannot express how thankful I am to Alpine Montessori, Millburn and the whole staff/team for having completely transformed my daughter. I must say like all mothers, I went to so many schools and did tours before making that so called “important decision”. The first time I stepped into Alpine Montessori for a tour, I immediately felt that it is definitely going to be the place where I want my daughter to spend the rest of the years till kindergarten. The Director, Sarah and the entire staff are very welcoming. My daughter was a very shy kid and I was extremely worried at the time. I had tried 2 schools before Alpine Montessori for my daughter but she was never happy, always cried for me and I had to go pick her up in the middle of work and was very upset. I still remember her first day at Alpine Montessori, I was in my car waiting for the staff to call me. I was shocked and surprised (certainly pleasantly) when I saw her happily waving good bye while I went to pick her as she ran towards me and hugged me. From that day on, I have never looked back. My second daughter is going to join the school soon and I feel like Alpine Montessori is not simply a school but a “home away from home” for the kids and moms!!!! The parents are wonderful and it is a wonderful community to exchange thoughts and share concerns.
I don’t even know where to begin sharing my love for Alpine: I currently have two children with two polar opposite temperaments enrolled there– my 5 year old daughter who’s been there for two years and my 3 year old son who just started this semester. My husband and I researched a lot of schools in the area. My daughter thrives on expressing herself artistically and with the teacher/student ratio there being so low, they truly tailor each child’s personal journey through the preschool years based on their own interests and gently build upon that as their foundation for learning. Her teachers, especially this year, have been phenomenal– she’s actually graduating in two weeks from Mrs. Stroman’s class and I’m literally an emotional wreck over it. There are those teachers who you look back on with such fondness and realize they shaped you for the better in one aspect or another and Mrs. Stroman has been such a champion and an encouragement for my daughter. Each teacher there is so exceptionally trained that it’s pretty impressive that Gary, the owner, managed to corral this team together because there’s not a weak link in the bunch. At school, the teachers manage each class with such grace: if you walk in during the day, there’s no one screaming or crying, the kids happily sit on their rugs for story-time, there’s polite sharing and independent activities occurring– to be honest, it’s borderline creepy how well every single kid behaves! I had a fear that my son would rock the boat and be too much for their easy going, calm vibes. He’s been in Mrs. Morelli’s class three days a week for the past few months and his behavioral transformation has been incredible to witness. Mrs. Morelli has managed to break-through and reach my son at his individual learning level by nurturing his enthusiasm for music and basic engineering while implementing numbers, shapes and working with others into his tasks. Sending two kids to a private preschool is expensive and our decision to join the Alpine family wasn’t taken lightly. I’ve never once second-guessed or questioned whether the value of our results measured comparably to our financial commitment with the school.
Our family has been with Alpine for the past 4 years and we can not say enough about how wonderful the school is. My daughter went through all 3 years and my son is now completing his first year at Alpine, and both have had a phenomenal experience. The three years my daughter spent at Alpine, prepared her above and beyond for kindergarten both socially and academically. The school is like a second home to our children and the teachers are so warm and caring. The small student to teacher ratio was really important to us and Alpine gives the kids the attention they need in these very important developmental years. I can not recommend this school highly enough since we have had such a positive experience and have loved watching our children learn and grow!
Serving Millburn, Short Hills, Summit, Springfield, Maplewood, South Orange, Chatham, Livingston and West Orange