Montessori School and Preschool Millburn NJ
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 seperate 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 progressive Montessori program at our 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. Through the years the school has been considered one of the best preschools for preparing young minds. The school remains on the recommended list of some of the area’s best private elementary schools.
We love Alpine Montessori! Both of our children are in Alpine Montessori currently, with our older one graduating this year (if we have more children in the future, they will be in Alpine Montessori!).
The entire school, the teachers and the children/parents feel like a big family; different age groups have many interactions in addition to intra-class interactions, with everyone knowing almost everyone else. Due to this encouraging environment, children are well-socialized, and we have seen very clear advancement of their social skills over time.
The curriculum is well-designed, our children are learning things in a very methodological way, nurturing their natural talents and curiosity with steps of proper sizes (i.e. age-appropriate steps). After a period of time, it is amazing to see how much they have achieved. At the same time, many times our children do not want to leave school in the afternoon – they are having much fun at school.
These are in addition to many activities the school has offered for the children, and the parent-teacher association’s involvement with the school. Our children have been having wonderful lives at Alpine Montessori.
My son has been going to this school since he was 2 1/2. It was the first school he ever attended. He cried for 1 month and I was torn to see him cry every morning at drop off. But all the teachers are so nurturing that he was able to stop crying as soon as I left. They took care of him very well and gave him the same love that I give him. He quickly adjusted to the school and made so many friends – it became his second home. Even when he didn’t have school he wanted to go to school and play with his teachers and friends. He attended through kindergarten and had the best education a preschooler can receive. With his strong basics he was more than ready to go to any school and thrive both academically and socially.
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.