Your child's future starts here
A vision for human flourishing
Right from birth, your child is forming habits of mind and character that will last a lifetime. Yet, traditional child care and education models are falling short in today's dynamic world. We believe the solution lies in embracing the Montessori approach—a proven game-changer in education.
Our approach outshines traditional education in areas such as language, mathematics, and far beyond, having a remarkable impact on critical skills like executive functioning and self-control—essential life skills for success.
A love of effort, a drive for purpose, a habitual curiosity, a questing for the truth—these are the core values that are deeply embedded in a Guidepost Montessori education.
The goal of our education is to enable each child to flourish on their own terms: to shape his own destiny, to achieve her own greatness, and to design a life of purpose and fulfillment.
An education designed to empower your child
From developing fine and gross motor skills, to learning to read and write, to building concentration and self-control, to setting goals and using time wisely—Guidepost Montessori's programs support the totality of a child’s early developmental needs to provide a strong foundation for the rest of their life.
The key to our approach is the blending of a structured prepared environment, scientifically-designed learning materials that drive inspired inquiry and the child’s freedom to pursue their interests while being guided on their own path to mastery.
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Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.
We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”
A strong partnership with parents
At Guidepost, parents don’t have to wait for parent-teacher conferences to know how their child is progressing. On top of receiving regular photo and video updates and scheduling regular milestone meetings, parents are invited into the classroom to “Watch-Me-Work” and “Work-With-Me” events where their child can proudly showcase his work.
And not only do they get to observe, parents are invited to get an even more personal experience with the Montessori approach by trying out the activities for themselves.
A destination for passionate educators
Our schools and classrooms are led by dedicated educators who believe in empowering each child's growing independence. We attract teachers from all backgrounds and walks of life, including current teachers, parents, Montessorians and up-and-comers with a passion for teaching and working with young children.
We provide all of our guides with a MACTE-accredited Montessori teacher training certification through our partners at the Prepared Montessorian Teaching Institute. We are always on the lookout for great talent!
What makes us stand out.
At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.
Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:
Read more about the Guidepost Montessori approach.
At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.
Read more about the Guidepost Mission.
Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.
Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.
At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.
Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.
The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.
Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.
Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.
Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.
Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.
Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.
Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.
At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.
In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!
Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.
Read about a Work-with-me event at Guidepost at Mahwah.
A truly global education
Guidepost is the world's largest global Montessori network, with over 130 schools. New York, Paris, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago - traveling for work or life? Use our roam school pass to temporarily transfer to any Guidepost location in the network, so you can bring your Guidepost education with you anywhere!
Guidepost Montessori takes a holistic approach: enabling social, emotional, and physical development alongside academic success
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Educating the whole child
Lessons are designed to appeal to each child's level of development and interests
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Individually tailored lessons
The teacher connects the child with their environment, showing them how to use the learning materials and evaluate their own work
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Independent learning by the child
Teachers choose their moments of instruction wisely, offering lessons and presentations at suitable junctures in each child's development
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A teacher whose job is to guide, not lead
With the freedom to move and choose their own work, children develop internal discipline and social awareness
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Empowered by choice
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Parenting tips, Montessori explainers and strategies for helping your child become an independent, capable human being — The Guidepost Team is here to help parents succeed
Guidepost Milestones: Developing Independent, Capable, Flourishing Children
We look at some of the key milestones that Guidepost Montessori helps children achieve at each stage in their educational journey.
Kindergarten at Guidepost
Why is the third year of Children’s House so important? Explore how the preparation and learning that takes place during the first and second years of Children's House come together and flower into highly advanced academic work during the Capstone Year.
Why Montessori Matters From Toddler to Children’s House to Elementary and Beyond
A Guidepost parent tells us why Montessori has been the best educational path for her son.
The Difference Between Montessori and Daycare
Weighing up child care options? Learn about the differences between Montessori schools and daycare centers, so that you can select the best arrangement for your family.
What Makes a Montessori Classroom Different?
Any school can market itself as Montessori — here are five signs to look for in an authentic Montessori classroom.
Giving your child the keys to life
Take the first step in giving your the child the gift of a Montessori education.
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