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.
The owners Gary and Sue have always been very friendly, nice and are always open to work with parents on any concerns/ issues. They are very actively involved and maintain excellent communication on a regular basis..
This is my third year now at Alpine Montessori and can very confidently recommend and say that it has been such a positive environment for the kids. They have a wonderful team of experienced teachers which is a huge asset. I must say they go above and beyond to make sure that the kids learn, have fun and enjoy every minute of their time in the school at the same time instill confidence, independence, discipline and etiquette at such a young age. I can say for a fact that it has been an experience that is irreplaceable and crucial during my daughter's transition being away from home to absolutely being thrilled about going to school. She is in fact very sad whenever there is a holiday or for Christmas or New Years when the school is closed. She is always asking me when she can go back to school. I think personally that, in itself, speaks volume. The positive environment that the school provides in wanting the kids to love school as opposed to never wanting to go to a school is a remarkable accomplishment by Alpine Montessori.
The Dabich-Cortinas Family
Jan 23rd, 2013
As first-time parents, and having our son under the care of a full-time nanny for two years, you can only imagine our trepidation with our decision to enroll our son into a full-time schedule outside of our home. After meeting with the staff and teachers at Summer Orientation, we were feeling good. After the first week of school and seeing our son's enthusiasm and excitement for his new school, we felt great about our decision. The staff and personnel at Alpine Montessori - Millburn have been warm, caring, enthusiastic, all the while upholding to the Montessori principles of independence and education. The teachers and staff take great care in our son's well-being and development. We highly recommend this school and program. It has far exceeded our expectations and we will certainly enroll for another year.
The Boccia Family
Jun 7th, 2013
Our son is currently finishing up his first year at the Alpine Montessori of Millburn-Short Hills school. We have had a wonderful experience at the school. Everyone from the owners to the director to the teachers are welcoming, warm, receptive, and kind. The teachers are experienced professionals. My son has learned not only the typical things you learn in preschool like numbers and letters, he has also learned practical life skills (putting on shoes, pulling up pants, pushing in chair) and social skills like how to respectfully greet and socialize with adults and other children. Our son has difficulty with transitioning and drop-offs, and the staff and his teacher have worked tirelessly to help him overcome this challenge. His teacher, Mrs. Morelli, has been extraordinarily kind and patient throughout the year. This is a wonderful school with a first-rate faculty. My son will be continuing here and we feel very blessed to have found this school.
The Ryan Family
Jul 12th, 2013
Our family spent five collective years at Alpine Montessori of Millburn-Short Hills and we are so grateful for the loving care the entire staff showed our children. The teachers showed our boys the way to success in all areas and helped them expand their creativity, peacefully coexist with their peers and stretch their academic muscles. Our 2 1/2-year-old absolutely loved coming to school and our kindergartener thrived in a challenging environment filled with math, science and reading adventures. By the time they were 5, both were reading. By the end of kindergarten they are comfortable with multiplication. It's not all about academics, though. Our little ones learned about their world through exploration. The staff is capable, skilled and patient and we trusted them to deal with any emergency, though none ever occurred. We have sent many friends to meet the team at Alpine and check out the clean, safe, loving environment there. I cried at graduation, not just because the kids choked me up, but because we were saying goodbye to such a terrific team. We're forever grateful for all you've offered us.
Dec 30th, 2013
We are currently in our 5th year at Alpine Montessori. My son attended for 3 years and now my two daughters are there. The school environment is warm and caring and the teachers are wonderful. They let each child succeed at their own pace and take a genuine interest in the children and their development. My son did so well there - he was reading by age 4 and emerged as a confident little boy, ready for 1st grade at public school and I attribute that to the teachers at Alpine Montessori. Now my daughters are there and they actually love going to school! We will definitely stay on through kindergarten - we are lucky and grateful that all our children were able to get such a good start to their education at Alpine Montessori.