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11 Common Questions & Answers About the Harrison Newark Montessori School (a Preschool Montessori School)

Updated: May 15

What is Harrison Newark Montessori School?

Harrison Newark Montessori School is an authentic preschool Montessori school with the mission to prepare children to be resilient, creative, and independent problem solvers. We offer an authentic Montessori environment for the children of Harrison, Newark, Kearny, Bayonne, and beyond.


What educational philosophy does Harrison Newark Montessori School follow?

Harrison Newark Montessori School philosophy highlights many aspects of the Montessori learning environment through intentional classroom and program design consistent through the multi-age and infant/toddler classrooms. Our classrooms beginning in infancy contain practical life, sensorial, beginning math, and pre-literacy materials. Materials on each curriculum shelf are visually appealing, easily accessible for all age groups, and thoughtfully designed for the specific age group of the class.

Photo of child blowing bubbles on the Harrison Newark Montessori School website - Montessori Preschool

What are the age groups served at Harrison Newark Montessori School?

Harrison Newark Montessori School serves children from infancy through pre-primary ages (six months to six years old).


What are the hours of operation at Harrison Newark Montessori School?

Harrison Newark Montessori School operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM.


What curriculum does Harrison Newark Montessori School offer?

HNMS has an integrated and individualized curriculum. Each classroom has a rich assortment of open-ended and structured hands-on activities, which can be used individually or collaboratively with classmates. Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth occurs as children explore materials and develop skills in our curriculum areas. Each classroom has thoughtfully designed areas dedicated to sensory-motor, practical life, math, and language, with art, music, and large motor activities intertwined. Through observation and interaction, teachers plan and implement a highly individualized learning path for each child.

Logo of Harrison Newark Montessori School

Is Montessori the right fit for my child?

The Montessori approach is child-centered, encouraging children to be independent and learn at their own pace. Montessori views children’s play as work and respects their independence and natural curiosity. Choosing a Montessori environment rather than a traditional preschool or daycare for your child’s educational journey allows your child to follow their curiosity at their own pace, taking the time they need to fully understand each concept and meet individualized learning goals before moving on to the next concept.


Are meals provided at Harrison Newark Montessori School?

At Harrison Newark Montessori School, we take a well-rounded approach to child care and development. Not only do we understand the importance of engaging and teaching children, but we also focus on the health and well-being of the children who attend our school. Every day, our children eat organic meals that are catered by Purely Plated Organic. The team comprises knowledgeable chefs who prepare organic meals from scratch each day to ensure children receive the most nutritional value out of each meal. What’s more, we can offer fully prepared heat-and-serve meal kits and single-serving portions to our busy families, which can be ordered online.


What qualifications do the teachers at Harrison Newark Montessori School have?

Teachers at Harrison Newark Montessori School are highly qualified and experienced early childhood educators with degrees in early childhood education, Montessori credentials (certified through prestigious West Side Montessori School and NAMC), or related fields, as well as CPR and first aid certification.


Is there a waiting list for enrollment at Harrison Newark Montessori School?

Enrollment availability varies by age and class size. It is recommended to contact the school for current enrollment availability and procedures as we utilize a rolling enrollment process. See our website for contact information.


Does Harrison Newark Montessori School offer any extracurricular activities or enrichment programs?

Yes, Harrison Newark Montessori School offers a variety of enrichment programs such as foreign language instruction, music and movement, yoga, and gardening. We also partner with local vendors to bring soccer, dance, and more so children can take these classes while at Harrison Newark Montessori School allowing for extra family bonding time on the weekend instead of running to multiple different classes. Additional fees apply for vendor-provided classes.


What safety and security measures are in place at Harrison Newark Montessori School?

Harrison Newark Montessori School prioritizes the safety and security of all children and staff. Security measures include controlled access entry systems, surveillance cameras, regular safety drills, and background checks for all staff members.


In addition, we were one of the first schools in New Jersey to install the AirScrubber in all classrooms which aid in cleaning and sanitizing our air through the HVAC system in addition to localized air purifiers in each classroom.


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