The academic phase of the teacher education program is held at the Princeton Montessori School, located at 487 Cherry Valley Road, Princeton, NJ. The school is conducive to learning with developmentally appropriate materials that are created to give students first-hand experiences in Montessori philosophy and practice.
Adult instruction is continually supplemented with opportunities to observe children and their teachers in real-life situations. PCTE students learn from watching the interaction, listening to the conversation, and focusing on children’s unique ways of expressing themselves.
The school building is situated amid farmland and trees in a campus setting. The interior is spacious and open; a peaceful learning environment with state-of-the-art conveniences. The facilities were designed while keeping in mind Maria Montessori’s reflection, “We must create a favorable environment that will encourage the flowering of a child’s natural gifts.” PCTE believes this is also true for the adult student.
Teaching takes place in rooms that are large and comfortable with tables for group interaction and writing. Comfortable, adult-size furniture is provided for class instruction time. The Dr. Nancy McCormick Rambusch Library is named for the late founder of the American Montessori Society and former director of staff development at the Princeton Montessori School. The library contains numerous teaching resource materials and is accessible during normal class hours, as well as during the school year.
Princeton Montessori School is centrally air-conditioned during the summer session. All classrooms have individual climate controls as well as large, operable windows for fresh air and natural light. The school has three kitchens available for use, each with stove, oven, microwave and refrigerator. Restrooms are centrally located and are accessible to the physically challenged, as is the entire building.
Students who attend PCTE for the summer may also enjoy entertainment opportunities offered in Princeton. The school is within a five-minute drive from downtown Princeton and Princeton University. From the Princeton Fete to McCarter Theatre performances to canoe rides on Carnegie Lake, there is plenty to do for all ages. Princeton is a one-hour drive from Philadelphia and New York City.
Getting to campus is easy from all compass points. We are minutes from the Princeton Airport, Princeton University, Routes 1 and 27, and Interstate 95-295. Consult the map to determine the best route.