WHY DO SO MANY FAMILIES CHOOSE MONTESSORI?
WE EMPHASIZE MORE THAN JUST ACADEMICS
We honor the individuality of each child and guide him or her to focus on exploring unique interests. Each child's independence and empathy grows as he or she becomes a valued member of the school community. Your child will practice collaboration and critical thinking, establishing self-confidence with an intrinsic desire to learn more.
...BUT THE ACADEMICS ARE A HUGE STRENGTH
It is common to a find four-year-olds reading (in English and in Spanish) , six-year-olds practicing multiplication, and nine-year-olds writing comparative descriptions of ecosystems. Our curriculum presents skills during each child's "sensitive period" for learning and then allows hime or her to work at their own pace.
WE'RE A COMMUNITY
Each classroom is a community which extends throughout and beyond the school. We invite parents and community partners into our network of collaboration to support the children. We view our relationship with you as a partnership, working together for the benefit of your child. Because children thrive when home and school work in harmony.
Castle Island has given our son a healthy space to grow socially and
to learn to work within a community that is diverse in all regards.
Emily, Parent, 7 year old
3 EASY STEPS TO ENROLL
Income-based Scholarships Available
1. SCHEDULE A TOUR
2. REGISTER TO APPLY
3. JOIN THE COMMUNITY!
View our classrooms and learn more about Montessori education and our language immersion model.
After your tour you're invited to apply! Answering questions about your child will help us to get to know your child before his or her first day of school!
MEET OUR STAFF
Lead Early Childhood Guide
Lety holds an AMS (American Montessori Society) Early Childhood Teaching Credential (2017), West Side Montessori School - Teacher Education Program, Manhattan. She is an energetic and fun-loving person and is proud to be a link between the child and the learning environment. She enjoys her role as an observer of each child's individual interests.
Lead Early Childhood Guide
Viviana holds a PAMS (Pan-American Montessori Society) Early Childhood Credential (2016) from the PAMS Teacher Training Program (Atlanta, GA) at San José, Costa Rica. She believes that when children are provided with an environment allowing for freedom and independence as a way for them to learn, focusing on their sensitive periods of interest, they reach their potential.
Lead Elementary Guide
Carlos holds a BA in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Special Education at the College of St. Rose (2019), Albany. He believes that project-based learning supported by hands-on academic work enriches the children's natural interests and skills development. Carlos also facilitates the sports-based movement program as well as the wilderness program.
DIANE M NICKERSON
Diane holds an AMS (American Montessori Society) Administration Credential (2013), Center for Montessori Education, New Rochelle. She knows that the kind of environment adults provide for children matters. Diane believes that how children spend their days directly impacts the adults they become. Having researched best practices for pedagogy, she found that the Montessori method provides the best comprehensive approach to foster children's development toward their potential and joy.