Dr. Maria Montessori believed that “only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.” At Hudson Montessori School, we strive to create a unique and individualized educational experience for each child, which brings the best of both Montessori and traditional teaching methods into the classroom. We “foster a love of learning” in each child and help them think critically and creatively about the world around them.
The Primary Program at Hudson Montessori serves as the core unit of study in the Montessori Method and is the foundation for all future learning at our school. The Primary Program is a multi-age classroom setting, with students ranging in age from 3 to 5 years old. The classroom is a creative, innovative and constructive environment, which is designed to cater to the developmental needs of our students. We connect what our students are learning with real world events, allowing for integrated and constructive studies based in the reality of everyday life.
In the classroom, we move from concrete to abstract concepts by relating and integrating all student learning through thematic approaches and carefully designed units of study. The themes explored are based around seasons and cultural events, such as the fall season and the thanksgiving celebration. Starting mid-winter, children begin an in-depth cultural and geographical study which unites world events, history and culture. Recent cultural studies explored at Hudson Montessori include The Americas and The Silk Road.
Our curriculum integrates all areas of learning into a holistic education system that fulfills the cognitive, creative, social and developmental needs of the students. All aspects of learning are intertwined, as we do thematic studies which revolve around cultural, seasonal, geographical and historical studies. Dr. Montessori stated, “Growth comes from activity, not from intellectual understanding.” Therefore, our classrooms are filled with stimulating Montessori and teacher created materials that are geared to stimulate each child’s curiosity and intellect.
Each classroom in the Primary Program covers all aspects of the Montessori curriculum:
- Practical Life
Towards the end of the school year, we hold two annual events to invoke Dr. Montessori’s belief that “the things [which a child] sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” These two events, the Social Studies Fair and the Year End Celebration, provide avenues for our students to synthesize all cumulative learning in an experiential, visual and tactile manner through exhibits, dance, drama and cultural displays. Please click on the Events tab to see the joy of learning manifest on the young faces of our children!
|Membership||Hudson Montessori is a Full Member School of the American Montessori Society (www.amshq.org).|
|School Hours||Half-Day: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Full-Day: 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Extended-Day: 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM
|Admission Process||Children must be at least three years of age by October 1, 2017 for admission into the Primary Program. Parents wishing to enroll their child are advised to tour our school and complete the online Application Form. Upon review of the application, we will set up an appointment for the parents to visit us, along with their child.|
|Class Composition||As per the Montessori Method of education, all our Primary classrooms have a distribution of 3, 4 and 5 year olds. In the afternoons, the 5 year olds (Kindergartners) attend a separate classroom.|
|Tuition Payment||Parents will sign the ‘Tuition Payment Policy and Contract’ at the time of registration and commit to pay tuition for the entire school year. A Tuition Advance, equaling two months of tuition fee, the New Family Fee and the Materials Fee must be paid in full at the time of registration. Remaining tuition is paid over an eight-month period, from September through April. The Tuition Advance will be applied towards tuition for May and June. All fees are non-refundable.|
(2015 – 2016)
|Tuition fees for the Half Day, Full Day and Extended Day programs are $13,000, $16,250 and $19,750, respectively, for the school year (September-June). For children in the Bridge Primary program (children born between October 2012 and February 2013), annual tuition fees are an additional $1,250 for the Full Day and Extended Day programs. Materials and Performing Arts Fee is $400 per annum and the New Family Fee is $500 for all programs.|
|Early Drop-Off||Students can be dropped off to school beginning at 7:30 AM. The annual fee for early drop-off is $650.|
|Lunch and Snack||Full Day students will bring their own lunch to school. Snack is provided by school parents on a rolling schedule.|
|School Closings||We follow the Jersey City Public Schools schedule for school closings. The school will be closed on all days when Jersey City Public Schools are closed due to weather. We may have additional weather-related closings considering the young ages of our school children.|