at Somerset

Tours & Events
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido (6 weeks to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)

121 Pierce St, Somerset, NJ 08873 US
Sheila Daniel
Located in the heart of Somerset, NJ, our school is proud to offer a high-quality Montessori education to children ages six weeks to six years old. At Guidepost Montessori at Somerset, we believe that children learn best in a nurturing, supportive environment that encourages exploration and discovery.
Sheila Daniel . Head of School
Tours & Events

explore our programs.

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!”

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

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:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

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.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

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.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

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.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

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 recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

Hear from our Head of School, Sheila Daniel

take a peek at our school.

what parents are saying.

Angelina T.
May 6, 2022 on yelp
I first want to add that, if you are like me, you are a parent that does extensive research because leaving your child with just anyone doesn't settle for...
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S Simon
Jul 1, 2022 on google
Guidepost Montessori Somerset has been a gem for our son, and family! If you are looking for childcare with a high level of order, cleanliness and safety, then do your child a favor and check them out. They also offer a unique take on teaching children life skills and lessons. Our son was safe, secure and happy while at Guidepost Montessori Somerset, and during a pandemic at that. The teachers, guides and administrators care so much and it shows in their demeanor, frequent meetings and check ins with families, and how calm and settled the children are. Very grateful for them and the community they create.
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Meghan Reid
Feb 5, 2022 on google
Finding the right daycare is not an easy task, but Guidepost Montessori has truly made it a beautiful experience. Our son's independence and love of learning has grown even more as he learns from his Guides and older children. We really love the communal aspect of learning and the diversity among the children. The leadership and staff is very warm, open and committed to the growth of each child. The high level of communication and family events have created a community of positivity and security, which you can sense when you walk through the door.
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Danielle Porter
May 12, 2022 on google
We’ve been sending our daughter to Guidepost now for a little over a month and she is so excited to be there each and every day. She literally jumps out of her car seat when we arrive and runs right into her classroom. She loves the other children in her class and she absolutely loves the staff. As this is our first child, my husband and I were anxious of getting her started in daycare but the staff has really made the transition an easy one. Would absolutely recommend the school to anyone! Our daughter started at a little over 16 months.
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Toral Patel
Jun 7, 2021 on google
Our son Ari has been attending Guidepost Montessori since past few months and we have seen a huge development in his skill set, vocabulary, confidence and knowledge. Guides (teachers) are extremely nice and open to discuss any concerns that we had. The presentation of material through independent study makes learning fun & interesting. Our son was very shy before he started Montessori and now every morning he look forward to going to the school to the extent that even on weekends he wants to go to school. Our picky eater son also learn to enjoy food (healthy with right nutritional value) which is provided by school. We are so glad that we chose Guidepost Montessori Somerset for our son.
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Toddler program at Somerset.
Preschooler drinking water
Kindergarten student working on a puzzle.
Preschooler doing the dishes.
Guide working with an elementary student.
Preschool-aged children working in the garden.
Montessori scale and a preschooler.
Toddler with a bike.
Playground for kindergarten
Preschooler having fun in the playground.
The playground in Somerset, NJ
Toddlers playing together.