As a Montessori school, we recognize that caring for the whole child includes attention to quality nourishment, education on healthy food choices, and teaching manners and grace and courtesy at meal time. Research on pediatric nutrition indicates that better food leads to better attention span and classroom behavior, enhanced learning, and improved health. In addition, in an authentic Montessori school, children set the table themselves with real plate ware and glassware, learning practical life skills while receiving an aesthetic experience through the beauty and simplicity of a well-set table. They learn to hold and manage the weight of pitchers, full plates, and vases for the table. They enjoy cleaning the table with friends and washing their own dishes in a child-sized sink. All of these daily experiences build confidence, grace, and healthy bodies.
Parents are encouraged to ensure children bring healthy, well-balanced snacks and lunches to school. Purchasing lunch from our lunch vendors is also an option and these vendors are chosen for their adherence to our food and nutrition beliefs. For your convenience, several lunch programs are offered.
Toddler Hot Lunches
Toddler children are ready to experience new flavors and tastes! Research has shown that exposure to a wider variety of foods at this age decreases picky-eaters, and also adds a nice convenience for parents. Wholesome hot lunches are prepared fresh daily right in the Toddler program. The menus are designed by the teachers and are always vegetarian, organic, allergen-free, made with locally-sourced ingredients, tasty, and varied. It’s not only convenient, but also designed to provide the children with simple, well-balanced meals that offer a wide variety of different ingredients and flavors.
Pizza Lunches are temporarily suspended for 2020-2021 due to Covid 19.
Traditional pizza is delivered every Wednesday, and the delivery dates are listed on the school calendar. Students have the option of purchasing one or two slices. On these days, the pizza lunch will be served with water to drink. Parents are welcome to send in an additional snack or drink for their child if they prefer something in addition to pizza.
Princeton Montessori School partners with Catering Solutions, a school lunch delivery service, to provide healthy lunches that the children will enjoy in a reliable and convenient manner. Lunches are delivered every day. The menu includes a wide selection of the foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables are included with every lunch. They offer a 100% nut-free menu, and other allergy-sensitive lunch options. Families work directly with Catering Solutions in setting up an account and placing orders. Lunches are delivered hot or cold daily, and brought directly to your child.
What Parents Are Saying
“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!”
“Our Primary student is learning remotely this year due to the pandemic. He is really is enjoying all the works that come home to him. He tells me things like 'I love my Montessori works' and 'my works are beautiful.' My husband and I see him growing and learning so much even amidst our virtual constraints. Having tailored materials for him to work with makes all the difference in the world and we're grateful for the thought and care you put into curating them.”
“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.”
“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.”