On October 6, 2006, Hamilton Park Montessori School opened its doors for the first time with an office, an art room, and our first Early Childhood classroom, The Blue Room. We opened with fewer than 10 children enrolled.
In the years since, we have grown to accommodate over 300 children across 16 classrooms on four floors of our building, with continued growth each year. In 2013-2014, we opened our first Upper Elementary classroom (grades 4-6). Today, we are excited to continue this journey as we welcome our first Middle School cohort on a new, dedicated floor of our building for the 2016-2017 school year.
In 2014, we partnered with one of our parents to develop a new logo which illustrates the vision, community and values of HPMS. This new logo sets the tone for our future. Just as trees mature in different stages of growth, so does the child — from early childhood, lower elementary, upper elementary and through middle school.
We have developed our program to include Art, Music, Spanish, Movement, Literacy, Writer’s Workshop, P.E., Health and a vibrant Summer Camp; we have been able to offer extra-curricular classes in art, chess, foreign language, musicianship, science, theatre, STEM and much more. We have built a high-quality Parent Education program, featuring nationally recognized guest speakers and hands-on workshops with our experienced staff. Our staff has grown to include representatives from many countries, including qualified Master Teachers, Teacher Trainers, and Field Consultants for some of the most highly recognized Montessori teacher training programs on the east coast.
How lucky we feel, and how amazed we are, at the organic growth of our Montessori program and community! What a beautiful place to be, where parents and teachers partner to support every child’s development in a healthy manner! Schools this beautiful are built by an excellent staff, supportive parents, and a whole bunch of amazing children. Together, we are making the possible actual.
“Growth is not merely a harmonious increase in size, but a transformation.” — Maria Montessori