Elemental Arts Montessori School
Elemental Arts Montessori?We have had an incredible experience at Elemental Arts and I truly can't recommend it enough. My 5 year old attended for 3 years and has now gone on to Brooklyn Heights Montessori and my 3 year old is in her first year at EAM. They both thrived in the school and I am so thankful for the education they got/are getting there. It is true...that the director of the school - Barbara - is old school - in that she uses paper communication and the telephone. For us, however, the telephone aspect has been amazing. We actually get to talk and hear what is going on with our kids, ask advice and use her as an unparalleled resource. I feel that she is one of the most gifted people I have ever met with children of pre-school age. She has been a part of training many (quite possibly most) of NYC's Montessori teachers and does an incredible job instilling independence, confidence, and a solid educational foundation in the kids. We have found a great community of families from the school as well.
Review from the 2017/2018 PSP Daycare, Preschool, PreK, Kindergarten SurveyIf you are looking for a wonderful, intimate and incredibly child-centered Montessori preschool experience, where your child will get very focused attention, this is it. EAM has just one class of 12 students and 2 teachers. The director, who is one of the 2 teachers, is gifted with children and follows the Montessori philosophy very closely. My daughter went from the time she was 2.5 through Pre-K and it has been transformative for her, and for us. We loved watching her gain independence, pride, self-esteem, and a sense of social responsibility, as well as a foundation for learning and classroom "work." Deciding to keep her at EAM for Pre-K instead of free UPK was a difficult choice, but we felt that giving her one last year of a very small class size and a Montessori environment would be worthwhile before starting public elementary school. It's reasonably priced, incredibly non-competitive (just call the director to discuss the school and reserve a spot, first-come, first-served) and attracts a very diverse and loving group of families. It is a real treasure in the community. About the facility: Has outdoor space, Nut-free, Snacks provided by families on rotating basis, Half-day or full-day programs.
Review from 2013 Daycare/Preschool PSP SurveyReview date June 2013 (for 2012-2013 year) Program: 3 and 4 year old program Length of time: half-day and full-day options Child's age: 4-5 years Review: EAM is a great neighborhood traditional Montessori school. The teachers provided quick daily feedback, alerted us to items that needed a closer look, and were quick to praise when it was going right. Do you recommend? (Hi/Rec/DoNot) Highly recommend
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