Elm City Montessori School opened in August 2014 with 70 children ages 3 through 5. It is New Haven’s first public Montessori school, and Connecticut’s only local charter school. Elm City Montessori School is a racially and economically diverse New Haven public elementary school serving PreK-3 through 8th grade, where students are guided to make decisions and work to their full potential through an educational program that follows Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy. Montessori education focuses on child-centered learning in multi-age classrooms, hands-on inquiry and intensive family engagement.
Our school (located at 495 Blake Street) is adjacent to a treasure trove of natural resources. We immediately neighbor the West River, and have easy access to the expanses of West Rock Park. We have previously used our local natural environment for learning in a variety of ways, some of which include exploratory hikes, river water testing, and plant identification.