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Our Student Scientists Head to Their Outdoor Classroom: The Hudson River

Hudson Montessori School’s Elementary and Middle School students joined 5,000 students along the Hudson River for the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson River & Harbor event sponsored by DEC’s Hudson River Estuary Program in partnership with the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of the Columbia Climate School.

Our students proudly took part in this longitudinal study of the Hudson River's health and the living things that inhabit it. While the majority of participants in this program are high school students, we extend this opportunity to our youngest students, starting from first grade and up.

Our School Is the Only Nationally Accredited Program in New Jersey

In 2019, Hudson Montessori School achieved a pioneering milestone, becoming the inaugural elementary institution in New Jersey to receive STEM certification from the esteemed National Institute for STEM Education.

The school’s campus earned certification by meeting stringent criteria affirming the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics within its curriculum. Our highly-trained faculty also earned well-deserved recognition as certified STEM educators through the national institute.

Hudson Montessori School's commitment extends beyond "STEM." Our program proudly embraces the broader spectrum of "STEAM," where "A" reflects our embrace of the arts in "STEAM" education. By offering students unique creative outlets, holistic learning unfolds. This creativity fosters artistic expression, problem-solving, confidence, and more.

The STEAM teaching staff share their knowledge beyond the classrooms and serve as a resource for STEM educators nationwide, speaking at professional conferences like The International Society for Technology in Education, Elementary STEM Con, and the Women in Science Speaker Series.

Students Strive for Academic Excellence

When students have passion, there is no limit to what they can achieve. On that note, we congratulate seventh grader Avi Mehandru, who submitted his project on renewable biofuels, “Going Green with Green Algae,” to the Thermo Fisher Scientific Junior Innovators Challenge. Out of over 2,000 submissions from around the country, Avi was recognized as one of the top 300 projects presented this year.

The beauty of our innovative STEAM program is that it gives students the power to become "makers," allowing them to explore the intricate web of connections they weave along the Hudson River's banks, in our country, or across the globe. Hudson Montessori School equips its students with the tools of innovation and excites critical thinking—essential for navigating the evolving landscape of the 21st century.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Our classrooms utilize project-based learning methods to spark enthusiasm and captivate our students in their academic and extracurricular endeavors. In addition to the Day in the Life project, our students take part in other learning opportunities outside the classroom.

These enriching experiences include the Billion Oyster Project at Governor’s Island in New York Harbor, our annual “Hour of Code Night” highlighting innovations in technology, the annual School Maker Faire event in the January showcasing their science, engineering, and technology feats, and the student’s participation in the Hudson County STEM Fair Showcase, among others.

Hudson Montessori School: A Premier STEAM School in New Jersey

Hudson Montessori School is proud to stand at the crossroads of Montessori and STEAM education and forge a new path toward creating independent, free-thinking students with a love of learning and a knack for improving their world.We are committed to fostering a balanced incorporation of every STEAM discipline, facilitating connections for our students, and highlighting the interrelationships among these disciplines to create a comprehensive and enriching learning experience for our students.

The tangible benefit of our STEAM-focused approach is it fosters insatiable curiosity in our students. They actively immerse themselves in their learning, forging meaningful connections with the real world and grasping fundamental concepts that will be the bedrock for their lifelong academic pursuits.

To learn more about Hudson Montessori School's interdisciplinary, theme-based learning approach to education, the Montessori philosophy and methodology, or how the school fosters the love of learning for its students, the school welcomes parents to learn more about its Middle School program and, for children age 2 to eighth grade, the school offers open houses.

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