Mountainside Montessori is a school serving children from birth to 15 years old, dedicated to providing a loving, nurturing environment to aid in the development of the whole child. We follow the philosophy and methods of Dr. Maria Montessori, adhering to the highest standards set forth by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Our morning program runs from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM for children under the age of 5. A full-day program continues until 3:15 PM for our kindergarten students. Our elementary and adolescent students are in school until 3:15 PM. We offer an extended day program until 5 PM for all students.The Montessori method is named for Dr. Maria Montessori, the first female doctor in Italy, who devoted her adult life to the observation and study of children. Rather than “teaching” a child concepts, the Montessori environment is designed to stimulate the child’s interest and facilitate his understanding and learning with little or no adult intervention. In this environment, the child develops at their own pace and builds the foundation for a lifetime of joyous learning and discovery.