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Harborlight  Montessori is an independent, co-educational, day school for children from infant-toddler through grade 8 that is committed to innovative teaching and learning.

Harborlight is a non-profit institution governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the School’s mission and securing its future. The Head of School, who reports to the Board, is responsible for the management and daily operation of the School.

The Faculty and Staff of the School comprise a caring community of individuals dedicated to providing the best possible educational experience to our students. As mentors and role models, we strive to maintain and model exemplary standards of personal and professional behavior. Our community is based upon trust, mutual respect and communication among all members of our School community – students, faculty and staff and parents.

Harborlight Montessori is an authentic Montessori School accredited with the American Montessori Society (AMS), and by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). Harborlight is a member School of Montessori Schools of Massachusetts, and is licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC).

History

Harborlight Montessori had its beginnings as Harborlight, a pre-School in Beverly, in 1973. The founding head, Susan Egan, was Head of School until 2011. In 1989 a group of Harborlight parents and teachers formed Children’s Montessori School (CMS) in Ipswich. CMS eventually moved to Beverly and “Stoneridge” was added to its name. In 2012 the Schools reunited as Harborlight-Stoneridge, offering an exceptional education to children aged 4 months through 14 years from communities throughout the North Shore. Today, we are Harborlight Montessori – a school steeped in history and engaging our world every day.

Harborlight Montessori School: engage your world from Douglas Bowker on Vimeo.

Vision

To be the model school where skilled faculty combines Montessori pedagogy with innovative practices.

Mission

We are an infant through 8th grade Montessori school where every child develops independence, self-confidence, and an awareness of the world they inhabit. Highly skilled teachers create a respectful, supportive, and peaceful environment where they nurture each student’s natural passion, curiosity, and desire to learn.  Students embrace their uniqueness and fully achieve their educational, social, and emotional potential. Our school is a dynamic community of supported faculty, engaged families, and passionate students.

Community Values

We believe that respect for each individual is the cornerstone of a safe, healthy community. While this is an essential part of the Montessori philosophy, we know that creating and maintaining a diverse and safe community requires an ongoing commitment; one that we fully embrace.

We work to promote and sustain a School culture and climate that instills and imparts dignity and a sense of shared responsibility for the well-being of each other and that of our larger community. We ask that all Harborlight community members consistently conduct themselves in a manner that affirms and abides by these beliefs and principles of moral character: 

Commitment– We will uphold the School’s philosophy and guiding principles. We will be dedicated to our teaching, learning, parenting, and volunteering roles, and be responsible and accountable for our actions.

Cooperation– We will work to include others and put forth our best effort to help others do the same. We will work together to create harmony and a supportive atmosphere.

Communication– We will be clear, respectful, positive, and direct in all our communications. We will be open and responsive and polite to others.

Concern- We will be compassionate in our actions with others. We will embrace challenges and differences with understanding and appreciation.

Harborlight Montessori does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, family structure, socioeconomic level, culture, age, sexual orientation, language, or learning style in the administration of its educational program, admissions or other School policies.

 

Our Commitment to Diversity

Harborlight Montessori actively seeks qualified students, faculty, and staff to reflect the diverse backgrounds of our community.  Harborlight strives to provide an enriching curriculum and educational experience for all students, recognizing that global teaching and learning helps form strong, positive self-concepts and develops respect for human differences.  Harborlight’s curriculum and philosophy encourage understanding and respect for these differences while affirming the fundamental similarities of humankind.  Our cooperative community protects and encourages the exploration of new concepts.  It also honors and nurtures the curiosity of each child.

All members of the Harborlight community are valued for their contributions, talents, and opinions.  The philosophy, curriculum, and administration of our programs aim to create an inclusive learning environment with respect to economic background, gender, race, national and ethnic origin, cultural heritage, religion, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and political beliefs.  Harborlight integrates diversity and character education into each learning opportunity to empower students to actively approach each new experience with courtesy and acceptance.