Our multi-ethnic school is dedicated to the philosophy and methods that evolved with Dr. Maria Montessori's experiences of learning that began in 1907 in her original Casa de Bambini, the Children's House, in San Lorenzo, Italy. Our program is a child-centered approach that helps foster self-esteem and the development of the whole child.
Our community of children, comprised of mixed ages from 2-6 years, is guided by respect as they work and play—respect for themselves, each other and the environment.
Our classroom experiences emphasize our teacher's role as facilitators who do not overpower the imagination and desire for creative exploration and discovery in our children. Montessori-trained teachers allow learning to move along natural pathways which embrace the students' interests and natural curiosity in five broad fields of learning: practical life, sensorial, mathematics, language and cultural. We also recognize the importance of the arts and their physical development. Enrichment programs include dance, music, science/nature and a second language.
An array of beautiful, sequenced materials occupies the shelves throughout the classroom. These materials range over all areas of the Montessori curriculum. Children choose their work by listening to their inner guidance, a process fully supported by our teachers and integrated with the wishes and needs of the other children.
Upon graduation from LGM, many of our children continue on to some of the other top schools within the five boroughs: Packer Collegiate Institute, Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn Heights Montessori, St Ann's, Little Red and Brooklyn Magnet schools.
Lefferts Gardens Montessori welcomes students and faculty of any race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies and other school-administered programs.