Nourishing young minds & spirits

Elizabeth Academy/Garfield School is committed to providing an authentic Montessori education that emphasizes cooperative learning and nourishes young minds and spirits. We practice legitimate inclusion, and have the resources to embrace diverse learning styles, needs, and abilities.

Our multi-age classrooms utilize a wide spectrum of materials designed to meet a variety of developmental levels. By respecting each child’s unique contributions to the classroom, we encourage respect for self, fellow beings, and the environment. As we nurture individuals, we create a community of caring learners and peer tutors who strengthen each other and enrich the world around them.

The Montessori approach to learning has benefited a wide variety of learners in public and private schools around the world for over one hundred years. Developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, today this educational model serves children from infancy through adolescence. It is consistently effective in helping young people achieve success in learning and in life for the following reasons:

  • Learning is individualized - It is responsive to each child's needs and abilities

  • Learning is active - It is driven by your child's natural curiosity and through hands-on educational activities

  • Learning is structured for self-mastery and service - The assimilation of skills and concepts leads to successful application in the "real" world

  • Learning is collaborative - Children have the opportunity to teach and learn from one another

  • Learning is imaginative and fun - it is built around your child's natural talents and interests



  • MACTE accredited Montessori credentials.

  • Most have a Bachelor’s degree and many have Master’s degrees.

    • MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teachers Education) is the international standard setting and accrediting body for Montessori teacher education. MACTE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers Education (NCATE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).