"What I appreciate most about Montessori education is the multi-age grouping; younger children learning from the older children and older children teaching the younger ones. It makes a very interesting classroom environment. There is also a great deal of hands on learning. The children are actively involved, they use their minds and bodies in the learning process. They become independent workers and children love this."
- Miss Mary Augustine, Montessori Teacher
Waldron Mercy Academy is one of the only preschools in the Philadelphia region offering both Montessori and non-Montessori tracks to learning. We work with prospective families and offer guidance to pick the learning style that best fits their child’s interests, needs, and emotional development.
In Waldron Mercy’s Montessori program, we meet each child’s developmental needs in a nurturing environment, providing for independent learning and hands-on activities. During the three-year program, many children develop their first long-term friendships and teacher bonds that form a foundation of trust, support, and connection. Based on Maria Montessori’s theory of development, this interdisciplinary and interactive curriculum includes lessons in four distinct areas: practical life, sensorial, mathematics and language.
Early on, we instill a strong sense of responsibility, for ourselves and for each other. Full day students have a greater connection to Waldron Mercy Academy and participate in outreach programs to help understand their role in the community from a very young age.
Upon graduation at age five, our students are ready for first grade and energized to continue their education and personal growth.
After School Care
Beginning on your child’s first day of school in September, he or she has a chance to play with classmates in a safe and caring environment after classes end. At 11:15 a.m., teachers escort Montessori half-day students to the school’s Preschool Plus After Care room. The children have the chance to eat lunch with their friends, play games, read books, do crafts and art projects, rest or relax, and play outside on one of our wonderful playgrounds. At 3:00 p.m., full-day Montessori, preschool, and pre-k students join the room.
This after care program is available only during the school year. Hours of operation are 11:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Parents can use as many or as few hours as needed within this time frame. The rate for the academic year is $8.50 per hour. A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged if the pick-up is later than 6:00 p.m.
On certain holidays, arrangements may be made in advance for all-day care for students registered in this program.
Dedicated Montessori Faculty
Miss Mary Augustine, Montessori teacher, was featured in our Winter 2016 issue of the Blue & Gold magazine. Learn more about Waldron Mercy's Montessori program and Mary's teaching philosophies from that interview.