Who we are
Penfield Montessori Academy is a public Montessori school starting at K3. We foster an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities can learn and grow together in multi-age classrooms.
- A free authentic Montessori education
- An individualized learning plan for each child
- Activities for engaging the entire family
- After school care to meet your family’s needs
- A strong educational program that prepares each child to excel in a traditional or Montessori high school and beyond
- A community of parents who are engaged in their child’s education
Guided by the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, Penfield Montessori Academy creates a rich and challenging environment, which ensures each child realizes his or her full potential – academically, emotionally, physically and socially – in a safe, supportive and culturally-diverse setting.
By using the Montessori approach, all students have the opportunity to learn and thrive in a diverse environment that promotes academic and social skills. Once they acquire these skills, students are prepared to lead successful lives.
Penfield Montessori Academy students have the option of enrolling in before and/or after school care at Penfield Children’s Center. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and awarded a 5-star rating by YoungStar, Penfield employs a child-centered, exploratory approach to learning.
Our curriculum focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioral, and language development and offers nutritious snacks, classroom activities and self-directed play with materials to support the Montessori curriculum.
The Penfield Montessori Academy primary environment is comprised of the following work areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural work.
Practical life: Among other life skills, children learn how to wash, cook, sweep, plant, and sew.
Sensorial: Children learn through sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell using binomial cubes, geometric shapes, constructive triangles, tasting bottles, and other materials that enable the child to classify, clarify, and comprehend the world.
Language: Children are introduced to vocabulary through spoken language games. They are also introduced to the 26 letters of the English alphabet and their associated sounds. With the help of a movable alphabet, children are able to write words, sentences, and stories. Reading quickly follows with materials that help explore grammar and the structure of language.
Math: Children are taken from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention by using math materials.
Cultural Work: Within the sensorial area of the classroom, Dr. Montessori designed a series of materials and lessons that are now often referred to as the cultural work or cultural extensions. As part of the child’s exploration of sound, primary classrooms have a material known as the bells, consisting of two sets of 13 bells ranging from middle to high C. The geography materials are considered part of the sensorial area of the classroom, as the lessons all begin with a sensorial introduction to the concept being taught.
Our Lower Elementary Program enhances your child’s skills learned in Children’s House and encourages him/her to become more independent. Children learn to research and ask exploratory questions.
Teachers introduce new concepts to the class and then guide children through small group or individual projects. Students develop awareness about their own abilities to complete tasks and work on bettering themselves instead of comparing their work to others. These practical life skills can then be carried with them to the Upper Elementary Program, through high school and into adulthood.