"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world." - Maria Montessori
Acorn Montessori School began in 1984 with seven children in the fellowship hall of the Allerton Methodist Church in Lebanon, NJ. Within two years, enrollment grew to 50 children and Acorn moved to its present site in a century-old farmhouse. Today, Acorn provides education for children between the ages of 18 months through 12 years old on a five acre campus, which includes the Toddler House, the Children's House (Primary, ages 3 - 6), the Great Oaks Classrooms (Elementary, ages 6 - 13), and playgrounds. Our many gardens include a Butterfly Garden, a Garden dedicated to Grandparents, a Peace Garden, and various flower and vegetable gardens
Acorn Montessori School is a member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), and the New Jersey Montessori Administrators Council (NJMAC). The school is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of members of our parent community, alumni, and professionals from the greater Hunterdon County community.
The Montessori approach is based on the findings of child development specialist Dr. Maria Montessori. Although conceived over 100 years ago, Dr. Montessori's approach is completely aligned with the findings of current child development research. According to her, children "develop" in three-year cycles — birth to age 3, age 3 to 6, and age 6 to 12.
To create an educational environment sensitive to those cycles, our programs are structured around these age groups, based on the belief that learning is a 360-degree process where children learn both from their teachers and each other. Younger children look to the older ones as role models, and the self-esteem of older children grows as they become mentors and leaders in the classroom. At the conclusion of each year, the oldest third of the class moves on to the next level, giving children the opportunity to grow together and develop a strong sense of community, an arrangement that gives all children the opportunity to serve as classroom leaders at some point during the three-year cycle.
A typical class at Acorn Montessori School consists of approximately 24 children, with at least one trained Montessori (head) teacher and one or two assistant teachers.