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Admissions September 2018 (updated Jan 12, 2018)

Saturday, January 13th, 2018

We are currently accepting applications for all our programs for September 2018.  Most families are interested in placement for September 2018, but we already have a few applicants for September 2019.

Openings for September 2018.  Of roughly 90 students currently enrolled at The Montessori House, about 50 have informed us they will return to the school next September (most of the other 40+ students have “aged-out” of our programs and will attend their local elementary school, parochial school, or an independent school).  That means we’re placing about 40+ new students — 12 new students in our Montessori Stepping Stones program (age 2-1/2 to 3), most other new students in our Pre-Primary Montessori programs (age 3 to 4), and a handful of new Kindergarten students (age 5+).

New for 2018-19: we will offer a full-day option in Montessori Stepping Stones, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m., as well as our usual half-day morning or afternoon Montessori Stepping Stones options. 

As occurs every year, we have the greatest interest in our full-day programs (Montessori Stepping Stones, Pre-Primary Montessori+Enrichment, and Montessori Kindergarten) and our morning, half-day programs (Montessori Stepping Stones and Pre-Primary Montessori) — these sessions fill the fastest and will eventually have the longest waiting lists.  In fact, the Montessori Stepping Stones morning session is filling rapidly, largely with the younger siblings from Montessori House families.  The last sessions to fill are our afternoon, half-day programs (Montessori Stepping Stones and Pre-Primary Montessori).

To be considered for placement, families submit a paid application (download here).  While we only offer families placement after a school visit and tour, families are welcome to apply either before they visit, at the visit, or after visiting.

We offer tours most school days.  Tours are most informative  when the classroom is filled with students and teachers.  Consequently we only conduct tours when classes are in session.  A personal, private tour  usually take about 45 minutes, with a generous amount of time in one or two classrooms — depending on your child’s age, we will show you the program they would enter in September 2018, but also show you the programs available in future years.   (Note, we can only spend time in the classroom on an “adults only” tour — a quiet infant carried by the parent is permitted, but no toddlers in the classroom please.)    Note, you may submit an application before you tour.

We generally schedule tours to start between 9:15 and 10:15 in the morning, or around 1:00 in the afternoon.  You may schedule a personal tour by texting/calling us at 201-816-8343.  Or, we’ll contact you: e-mail us at with your phone number and your child’s birthdate, and we’ll reach out to schedule a visit.  Alternatively, on our Admissions Page , you can request our free Schools Checklist (at the right under “How Does Our School Compare?”enter your name, zipcode and e-mail in the boxes) , and we’ll e-mail you  information about booking a tour

Timing for Your 2018-19 Application: For families who are confident they want a placement offer for September 2018 from The Montessori House, we recommend submitting an application immediately.  Some families delay: to finalize plans to move to the area, to look at other schools, or they mistakenly assume they have plenty of time.  The cost of an application is small, and delay in submitting an application will reduce a family’s available options for next September.

Summary of our enrollment process:  We have complete the enrollment process for returning students, and are now offering placement to new students September 2018, more or less in the order we received a paid application.  After the end of January, we have rolling admissions and continue to offer placement in a session until that session is filled, at which point we start a session wait list.  A family may choose to enroll in an alternate session (e.g. afternoon rather than morning, or half-day rather than full-day), but still join the waiting list for their preferred session.

We urge families interested in entering September 2018 to act now: schedule a school visit and submit an application .

For more information please contact us through our website or text/call us at 201-816-8343.

CLOSED: Friday, January 5th

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Due to weather, The Montessori House will be closed Friday, January 5, 2018.


We hope all families are safe!

CLOSED: January 4th, Thursday

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

Due to weather, The Montessori House will be closed Thursday, January 4, 2018.

We expect to re-open Friday on the usual schedule

If our plans for Friday change, we will update our website, and our phone message.

For the latest information, please check our phone message after 7 a.m. Friday (201-816-8343).

Finally, even if the school opens Friday, parents should evaluate their unique snow and transportation situation and should feel free to keep children at home.

We hope all families are safe.

Hawks over the Hudson Sunday Oct 1

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Hurry over to State Line Lookout in Palisades Interstate Park in Alpine NJ this Sunday for Hawks Over the Hudson.  At 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. you can get up close and personal with live hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons.
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(Even if you can’t attend the program, it’s worth a visit to State Line Lookout anytime.  At this time of year you’ll certainly see migrating raptors, turkey vultures, great hiking, and great views of the Hudson!)

For more earth science, on October 7th just head a little further north to Palisades, NY for Columbia U Lamont-Doherty Observatory open house.
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Science: Lamont-Doherty Open House Oct 7th

Monday, September 25th, 2017

A great opportunity to introduce children of all ages (and adults) to the exciting science going on right next door.  In grade school Ms. Maria’s children loved the Lamont Open House, and her older daughter, Isabella, worked at Lamont from 2014-2016.

Located nearby 61 Route 9W, Palisades, NY 10964, just across the NJ/NY border near exit 4 on the Palisades Parkway.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for this year’s Lamont-Doherty Open House on October 7, 2017.

Whether you’re an aspiring young scientist or a long-time science enthusiast, you’re sure to enjoy Lamont-Doherty’s Open House. Tour a lab, participate in hands-on earth science demonstrations, and learn from world-renowned researchers about their latest discoveries.

Open House is free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Party Food Choices

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Food!  Glorious Food!

A year-end Montessori House tradition has the graduating Kindergarten/1st Grade students bring a favorite food to the All-School Party following their graduation ceremony.  Each K/1st student brings 15 to 20 servings of their favorite food — the school provides plates, napkins, drinks, and additional refreshments.

We’ve asked the K/1st families to let us know what food their graduates have chosen.  Here’s a sneak peek that we’ll keep updated as families report in:

  • Dumplings
  • Cupcakes
  • Cauliflower and carrots (with ranch dressing)
  • Fruit punch
  • Corn dogs
  • Coconut shrimp
  • German pancakes
  • Mini muffins
  • Fruit kebabs with marshmallows
  • Croissants
  • Oreo truffles
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Madeline cookies
  • Chicken
  • Empanadas
  • Blow pops and ring pops
  • Pita chips and hummus
  • Sliced mango

Friday, January 9th, 9 a.m. Graduation, 10 a.m. All-School Party

Latest Tomorrow’s Child from The Montessori Foundation

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

We find The Montessori Foundation provides excellent information and resources for the parents of students at The Montessori House, and for parents considering The Montessori House for next school year.

Access to their latest issue:  Tomorrow’s Child May 2017:

Cover TC May 2017

Alumni Winners in Bergen 2016-17 Reflections

Monday, February 13th, 2017

We’re pleased to congratulate three alumnae of The Montessori House on their wins in the Bergen County 2016-17 Reflections Program:

  • Hypatia Spezakis (Kindergarten) for Literature Primary Level (Pre-K to 2nd Grade)
  • Lulu Ke (2nd Grade) for Literature Primary Level (Pre-K to 2nd Grade)
  • Suhani Pandya (3rd Grade) for Literature Intermediate Level (3rd Grade – 5th Grade)

Not only did they all attend The Montessori House, but they each have younger siblings who attended or are now attending The Montessori House.

Suhani, Lulu, and Hypatia–  Congratulations! from your friends at The Montessori House.

Feb 9: School Closed Weather Emergency

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

The Montessori House School will be closed Thursday, due to the severe weather predicted for the day.  We hope to see everyone back at school on Friday — remember to wear your snow clothes!

Learning About Teeth

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

On February 3rd, we welcomed dentist Dr. Robert Bogossian back to The Montessori House to talk to our children about teeth, and how to take good care of their own  teeth.  Dr. Bogossian has been visiting The Montessori House for quite some time:  his daughter Alexandra was a student here, and is now in her second year of college!

To entertain and educate the children he uses some great props during his presentation — notable is the giant toothbrush, as you can see in the photos below.

Although Dr. Bogossian sees patients, young and old, in his office in Englewood, he and his wife Lynn reside in Tenafly.  They continue to refer new families to The Montessori House and, along with the school, they’ve been generous supporters of both Friends of Montessori Foundation and Tenafly Nature Center.

Dr. Bogossian — thanks again, and we can’t wait for you to return next year!