Catskill Montessori School is a private, non-profit school inspired by the permaculture ethics of people care, earth care, and fair share.
Our school is located in the town of Catskill, New York, bordering the Hudson River, with magnificent mountain views. Inside a beautifully restored 1700’s Dutch barn situated on 50 acres of forests, fields, and streams, we have two fully equipped Montessori classrooms.
In the Fall of 2020 we opened our doors serving early childhood (ages 3 to 6), and lower elementary (ages 6 to 9 years). During our second school year (2021 - 2022) we will expand to serve children ages 9 to 12 and, 1.5 - 3 (hopefully!).
We envision a place of learning for children where the indoor classroom and the outdoor environment complement one another, with Montessori education for children and adolescents from 18 months to 18 years old, in a unique and beautiful permaculture farm setting, drawing inspiration from the ephemeral beauty of nature.
Earth care, people care, and fair share, are permaculture ethics which guide the approach Catskill Montessori School has to being a part of the land. Montessori teaches children to become global citizens and stewards of the planet who recognize we are all part of a global community. Students will learn observation of and working in cooperation with nature, and to honor those skills as the legacy and heritage of indigenous people all over our planet.