About Montessori

Montessori at Ratner


The Lillian and Betty Ratner Montessori School offers programs for students ages 18 months through the 8th grade. We invite you to explore our program offerings and visit the school to see our innovative learning environment in action.



At Ratner Montessori , we believe in utilizing authentic Montessori philosophy. In our classrooms, children are independent, curious, and excited about their learning. Every Pre-Primary classroom has a Montessori trained teacher to facilitate a prepared environment. The environment in each of these classrooms is filled with beautiful, natural Montessori-specific materials that cover every developmental and curricular area of the classroom. The environment appeals to all senses of the child and allows for explorative learning as well as creativity.


Our Toddler Program and Children's House classrooms provide the full benefit of a traditional Montessori curriculum, led by certified, experienced Montessori teachers. The diversity and culture of Ratner shines through all of our preschool programs, allowing our youngest students to benefit from our global studies, music and Jewish Studies programs. The extended day and kindergarten curriculum incorporate additional expertise from our art, PE, music, Spanish, gardening, and library teachers. Our enriched approach to Montessori encourages our students to grow as curious, confident learners.


In keeping with the Montessori model, each classroom is comprised of multiple ages, so that each child's learning environment includes peers spanning three years of age. Children remain with the same teacher throughout those three years creating an unmatchable teacher-child relationship. We are able to learn about each child individually and recognize strengths, needs, and individual learning style during this three year span.


Multi-age grouping also builds a strong community within the classroom as the children have the ability to learn from each other and then become leaders of the group. Children develop self-discipline during their stay in one of our classrooms through the idea of freedom within limits. They are able to choose purposeful work at their individual developmental stage and work at their own pace. Montessori materials are made to be self correcting, which empowers the child to master the material on their own, creating a sense of joy and excitement in learning.



Ratner Montessori's Elementary and Middle School educational programs are designed with the whole child in mind. Our approach offers a combination of individual, small, and large group learning activities in a cohesive program that successfully prepares students academically and socially.



Our age-blended classrooms provide a unique learning environment where students interact with peers across a wider age range than would be possible in the traditional classroom. Older students naturally assume roles as guides and mentors to younger students, fostering intrinsic motivation as leaders as well as learners. In this setting, teachers get to know each student in a complete way, and are able to meet each student where he or she may be educationally.



After the content of any lesson is presented, the classroom is set up to awaken students' curiosity, and students are motivated to explore the material in ways that appeal to their learning preferences and strengths. Ratner Montessori's Elementary and Middle School classrooms and curricula reflect a major commitment to moving students into this mode and realm of exploration.



We understand that the social-emotional component of learning is as important as academic and intellectual development. In Ratner Montessori's Elementary and Middle School classrooms we emphasize how important it is for everyone in the classroom to demonstrate mutual respect and understanding, and to appreciate each person's unique qualities. Our model for providing learning support gives structure and scaffolding to all students to understand how they learn and what strategies they can use to be successful in all areas.



Being part of the Montessori community means being an agent of change, striving to create a more peaceful, productive, and positive world. From our Toddler and Children's House, through Elementary, and into Middle School, Ratner Montessori's approach uses the Peace Curriculum as a guiding philosophy. The Peace Curriculum begins in the Toddler and Children's House years with school-wide values that promote learning, diversity, respect, and responsibility, and builds through the Elementary and Middle School years to include study of peacemakers, their impact on society, and how we ourselves can be positive agents of change.


P: I shall have a Positive attitude.

E: Everyone will be respectful.

A: I shall Act responsibly and Accept responsibility.

C: I shall Create a safe environment.

E: I shall Encourage others.