Penfield Montessori Academy

Penfield Montessori Academy is a free public Montessori charter school starting at K3. We foster an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities can learn and grow together in multi-age classrooms.

In collaboration with Penfield Children’s Center

Penfield Montessori Academy fosters an environment in which children of all abilities can learn and grow together in multi-age classrooms. In collaboration with Penfield Children’s Center, Penfield Montessori Academy offers:

  • A free Montessori education

  • An individualized learning plan

  • Inclusive engaging activities

  • After school care

  • A strong educational program

  • A community of parents




Guided by the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, Penfield Montessori Academy creates a rich and challenging environment, which ensures each child realizes his or her full potential – academically, emotionally, physically and socially – in a safe, supportive and culturally-diverse setting. This approach helps students grow at their own pace.

By using the Montessori approach, all students have the opportunity to learn and thrive in a diverse environment that promotes academic and social skills. Once they acquire these skills, students are prepared to lead successful lives.

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Penfield Montessori Annual Report 2019/2020

Penfield Montessori Independent Audit

2019-2020 Performance Framework

Penfield Montessori Enrollment Plan

Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions

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Penfield Montessori Waiver Resolution: The Penfield Montessori Board will vote on this waiver Thursday, April 23, 2020.

Penfield Montessori Academy students have the option of enrolling in before and/or after school care at Penfield Children’s Center. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and awarded a 5-star rating by YoungStar, Penfield employs a child-centered, exploratory approach to learning.

Our curriculum focuses on social, emotional, cognitive, physical, behavioral, and language development and offers nutritious snacks, classroom activities and self-directed play with materials to support the Montessori curriculum.

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Penfield Montessori Family Handbook

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U.S. Department of Education School Reopening Information




We welcome everyone with compassion and empathy; patience and kindness. To lead with love, we look for the best in our co-workers, our families, and ourselves.


We celebrate our successes and learn from our mistakes. We believe there is always a better way of asking questions that challenge the status quo, improve our process and make our work easier. Grow with us allows us to focus on how we can improve ourselves and, in the process, better serve the children and families in our care.


Together, we can do amazing things. Children and families trust us and depend on us to work as a team to meet their needs. We are better together when we maximize our strengths, the gifts of our colleagues and the commitment of our amazing partners.


We are determined, motivated and adaptable. We solve problems. We own our work, our actions and our behaviors. We step up to help our co-workers, partners and our families. We do what it takes to get the job done right and done well.


We bring our best genuine self to everything we do. Being present allows us to bring our passion and commitment to our work to ensure the best possible outcomes for Penfield.


(3-6 years old)

The Penfield Montessori Academy primary environment is comprised of the following work areas: practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural work.

Practical life: Among other life skills, children learn how to wash, cook, sweep, plant, and sew.

Sensorial: Children learn through sight, touch, sound, taste, and smell using binomial cubes, geometric shapes, constructive triangles, tasting bottles, and other materials that enable the child to classify, clarify, and comprehend the world.

Language: Children are introduced to vocabulary through spoken language games. They are also introduced to the 26 letters of the English alphabet and their associated sounds. With the help of a movable alphabet, children are able to write words, sentences, and stories. Reading quickly follows with materials that help explore grammar and the structure of language.

Math: Children are taken from the concrete to the abstract through manipulation, experimentation, and invention by using math materials.

Cultural Work: Within the sensorial area of the classroom, Dr. Montessori designed a series of materials and lessons that are now often referred to as the cultural work or cultural extensions. As part of the child’s exploration of sound, primary classrooms have a material known as the bells, consisting of two sets of 13 bells ranging from middle to high C. The geography materials are considered part of the sensorial area of the classroom, as the lessons all begin with a sensorial introduction to the concept being taught.


(6-9 years old)

Our Lower Elementary Program enhances your child’s skills learned in Children’s House and encourages him/her to become more independent. Children learn to research and ask exploratory questions.Teachers introduce new concepts to the class and then guide children through small group or individual projects. Students develop awareness about their own abilities to complete tasks and work on bettering themselves instead of comparing their work to others. These practical life skills can then be carried with them to the Upper Elementary Program, through high school and into adulthood.


(6-9 years old)

Our Upper Elementary takes Lower Elementary students through 4th, 5th and 6th grades and allows children to move through instruction at a pace that supports their mastery of the curriculum. When students are in the Upper Elementary, they are transitioning to more abstract thinking, building on the foundation they formed in Lower Elementary. The Lower Elementary works extensively with the materials, developing breadth and depth of knowledge through their work. The Upper Elementary must also be prepared for the next stage of development, adolescence. Here, their abstraction will lead them to create and use many materials, beyond Montessori manipulatives, and explore the universe beyond the classroom.