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Three-Year Strategic Plan

2023–2026

Strategic Plan Overview

Princeton Montessori School is a prestigious educational institution with over fifty years of service to the greater Princeton area and is home to the renowned Princeton Center for Teacher Education, which ensures the strictest adherence to American Montessori Society standards for our school.  Princeton Montessori is an authentic Montessori institution, true to the values and mission of a Montessori education and 21st century best practices of education.  The school offers education and care for children from infancy through eighth grade.

Montessori Makes a Difference

Our three-year strategic plan is simple – to ensure that Montessori education continues to make a difference in the lives of children through three pillars: our Programs, our People, and our Prosperity. 

As we look to the future of the school, we envision a thriving institution that offers an exceptional student experience through our PROGRAMS, which provide strong academics, student-centered learning, best practices in education, and are firmly based on the principles of Montessori education.

We believe that our PEOPLE – parents, students, faculty, staff, and alumni – are at the heart of our community. We strive to foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment that celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and promotes a sense of respect, inclusion, and belonging for all students, staff, and families.

Finally, we want to secure our PROSPERITY for the future by applying our mission, vision, and values to ensure PMonts and PCTE continue to serve the needs of children and adult learners for generations to come.  

The strategic work we do in the coming years will be to this end. The following outcomes support the three pillars of our 2023-26 strategic plan. 

Vision

As we look to the future of the school, we envision a thriving, accessible, and diverse institution that is exceptional, progressive, environmentally friendly; and grounded in the philosophy of Montessori and best educational practices. Our future community of learners and their parents will be connected, equally dedicated, and supportive of the organization and its constituents. The strategic work we do in the coming years will be to this end.

Strategic Goals and Three-Year Outcomes

Programs

Princeton Montessori School strives to provide an exceptional student experience through strong academics, student-centered learning, best practices in education, and a firm on the principles of Montessori education. 

Outcomes:
  • Communicate a clearly-defined curriculum aligned with the Montessori philosophy and International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) framework that prioritizes curiosity, creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as clearly-defined learner outcomes.
  • Create classroom environments that respect and honor our shared values and individual identities, fostering inclusion and belonging. 
  • Offer extracurricular and enrichment activities that promote physical, social, and emotional development.
  • Elevate the role of the teacher training center (PCTE) so it is known as the “gold standard” in Montessori teacher-training and is a profit center for the organization.

People

Foster a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment that celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and promotes a sense of respect, inclusion, and belonging for all students, staff, and families.

Outcomes:
  • Create a culture that encourages the well-being of faculty and staff to retain a mission-driven, compassionate, and diverse community.
  • Enhance our student services program to promote the well-being of students and better serve a broader range of learning styles.
  • Establish engaged alumni and volunteer networks.
  • Create strong partnerships between teachers and families built on trust and transparency.

Prosperity

Apply our mission, vision, and values to ensure Princeton Montessori School continues to serve the needs of children and adult learners for future generations.  

Outcomes:
  • Execute plans to prioritize the administrative infrastructure needs and long-term financial sustainability of the school.
  • Embody a culture of service, giving, and philanthropy within our community.
  • Ensure our campus supports the needs of future generations of students through building enhancements and improved outdoor learning spaces.

What Parents Are Saying

The other day I came downstairs and my 4-year-old son was listening to 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart' on Alexa. He told me that Mozart's dad was named Leopold and his sister was Nannerl (it took him a second to remember her name and it sounded made up, so my husband and I googled it. Sure enough he was right). We asked what else he had been learning and he rattled off Antonio Lucio Vivaldi’s full name and referenced The Four Seasons. I think my jaw is still on the floor. It turns out that the Primary children have been learning about composers this fall and listening to their music. What incredible exposure for these young children!

Princeton Montessori is the very epitome of the principles of Maria Montessori. The School offers a nurturing, creative, academic, and well-rounded development for each child. As a parent, we cannot offer our daughter a more valuable first gift.

The faculty are, bar none, the absolute best. The teachers are very knowledge both about the Montessori philosophy and the best ways to work with children. I ask for their advice and insight for any issues we’re having at home, quite often. They’re also incredibly warm and nurturing with the children in a way I have not seen at any other school.

I’m struck by how much better the Montessori toddlers are at playing and working peacefully with their peers than toddlers in other nursery school programs. I credit the gifted PMonts teachers, and the Princeton Montessori educational approach, for how confident, happy, and collaborative toddlers in the PMonts program seem.

Our son is so proud of being a third-year Primary. He has attended this incredible school since he was one year old. He had absolutely wonderful Toddler teachers and flourished under their care. Now, he is a third-year Primary and we know he will be more than ready for Lower Elementary. Thank you to all the Teachers & Staff!

The school runs with one philosophy and so every faculty member and admin personnel share the same vision for the child. This consistency is unique in our area to Princeton Montessori. Combined with the integration of the teacher training program, we can proudly say that the spirit of Dr. Montessori’s principles permeates every aspect of our school. That’s what I value the most about our school!

Education is both a gift and a right. I feel the teachers at PMonts help our children to appreciate the value of their education. Understanding the value involves looking beyond school and appreciating how education is a tool that will allow them to explore challenging goals, to grow as individuals and most importantly, chase their dreams.

I will never cease to be amazed at the capabilities of the young child. In the Montessori environment, the very youngest students show incredible independence and competence. At Princeton Montessori School the teachers truly help the children to “help me do it myself”.

When I think about my personal philosophy on education I can check all the boxes with regards to the education my daughter is receiving at Princeton Montessori. I feel the teachers motivate the students by focusing on appreciating the value of education and the diversities of peoples around the world while stressing and leveraging the power of the uniqueness in each individual student. Ultimately, the role of an educator is to shape a new generation that will create a safer and better world for the future.

Princeton Montessori School is a school that exceeds any expectations imaginable. The school follows each and every child on an individual basis and nourishes each child’s academic, social, and emotional needs. It is a school where teachers appreciate all unique qualities each child brings.

Our daughter loves being at school. She confidently reported that she was happy with the safety measures in place, and that she felt “safe” at school. This was HUGE.

Princeton Montessori School turned out to be the best investment ever. We made some sacrifices in our lifestyle in order to be able to afford sending both children all the way through 8th grade, but now we are proud to note that we have two capable, confident, well-mannered young adults who are a pleasure to be around and who continue to love to work hard in their studies.

EXCEPTIONAL is the carefully chosen word to describe Princeton Montessori School. Our family has been part of the PMonts community from elementary through middle school. If I could give every child a gift that gift would be for them to experience the joy of learning every single day at PMonts. The multi-age classes provide the advantage of older students leading younger students and younger students watching the wonderful examples of the older children. The children recognize the strengths of others as being positive and not competitive. Princeton Montessori is much more than academic college prep - it is life prep!

Our child previously attended a reputable public elementary school. During that time, she often complained that she was bored at school. I was concerned that the school's 'one-size-fits-all' education model was gradually dimming her thirst for knowledge. I wanted the flames of her engagement and curiosity to be fanned, not extinguished. She is now back at Princeton Montessori and I am happy to report that she is no longer bored. In fact, her inner flame has never been stronger!

We love the fact that your guidelines have been clear and appropriate, and impressing upon families how their role is critical in keeping the wider school community safe. Thanks also for sourcing materials and providing seminars on parenting during this particular time. The fact that the school has remained open all this time is a huge testament to you all.

We have always been thrilled with our PMonts experience, and this fall term has sent us through the roof. We are in awe of the tireless work of the faculty and administration, who have made possible such an inspiring in-person program. I have always been broadly grateful for the PMonts education my children have been so lucky to receive; this summer and fall, I felt grateful each and every day.

As a parent (and faculty member), Molly and I are beyond grateful for PMonts. Our children are SO happy here. I am more of a believer than ever before. Miles was fine at his public school but the difference is really clear - here, he is not just fine - he is totally thriving and so happy! I'm amazed.

"Princeton Montessori School students are open to diverse backgrounds, curious to learn new things, strong in their leadership and presentation skills, and confident. Thank you for providing an educational environment that encourages a child's total development. We know it is an incredible gift." -Middle School Parent

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