Nurturing the whole child is the core of all we do. Our mission is to educate, enrich and inspire children to reach their fullest potential as kind, independent, curious and happy individuals. We make the most of the critical early learning years by inspiring a lifelong love of learning in a safe and caring environment. By fostering parent partnerships, facilitating ongoing professional development for our staff, and creating socially responsible global citizens and leaders, children continue to thrive in the classroom and beyond.
The philosophy upon which Apple Montessori School is based embraces the most fundamental teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our method is designed to constantly build upon the individual skills and knowledge the child is acquiring, at every age level. By offering multi-aged classrooms rich with Montessori materials, your child will be actively engaged in their own learning process.
He or she can move through new challenging materials quickly, or on to another experience without the boredom of waiting for others to catch up. He or she can repeat these same activities until mastery is achieved. This can be done without frustration of being pushed ahead before one is ready. His or her own feelings of accomplishment act as a reinforcement to succeed.
Apple Montessori was founded by Rex and Jane Bailey in 1972. Our rich history is the result of the initial vision and determination of Jane Bailey, a Montessori teacher who emigrated from Scotland. Unimpressed by the traditional approach to learning and inspired by her own young children, she opened one of the first Montessori schools in northern New Jersey.
Rex Bailey, also at the forefront of education as a two term public School Board President, understood the importance of that critical time for learning in early childhood. Together they paved the road for what we are today.
With the proven success of many of our students across our 15 schools, we are setting new standards in early childhood and elementary education.
All four Bailey daughters have followed in their parents’ footsteps. After successful college careers, Pamela Howarth, Lynn Morris Piccolo, Joanne Mooney and Vanessa Krippner have perpetuated the mission. Also joining their ranks are two sons-in law, Robert Howarth and Ronald Krippner.
Thirteen Bailey grandchildren have benefited from this extraordinary education. After graduating our elementary school, the eldest grandchildren and their peers have moved on to exceptional universities.
We remain as passionate about our mission and commitment to your children today. The possibilities are infinite as we continue to lay the foundation for a lifetime of school success.
We Believe it is Fundamentally Important to:
- Recognize, encourage, protect, & respect the physical, emotional & intellectual individuality of each child
- Provide a safe environment that nurtures each child’s self-esteem and creativity
- Provide opportunities for children to develop according to their own capacities and interests
- Offer well-rounded curriculum and enrichment that will become the foundation for a lifetime of learning
- Offer programs that foster independence, self-confidence, and social responsibility
- The child’s own feelings of accomplishment act as a reinforcement to encourage continued success!