Riverdale Montessori School (RMS) was founded in 1984 by Mr. Benjamin Fox. It started as a small school with just one classroom and expanded to three classrooms. Mrs. Jasmine Stivala, a teacher at RMS, acquired the school in 1999 with a new vision for its future. In 2011, RMS relocated to its new facility at Mosholu Avenue and Fieldston Road, less than two blocks away from its original location. It features three spacious, child-centered classrooms, utilized by children ages two to five. Today, RMS is a pillar in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, having been part of this dynamic community for over 30 years.
Kingsbridge Montessori School was founded in 2000 as an extension of RMS. It was formerly located at 2610 Grand Avenue in the Bronx and operated from 2000 until 2010. KMS consisted of three classrooms available to children age two to five. After a yearlong renovation to its new facility at 2500 Jerome Ave in the Bronx, KMS reopened its doors to a new generation of learners in February 2014.
All classrooms are designed with children in mind and reflect our guiding principle—a play based learning environment where children can learn and grow at their individual pace. Both schools are licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and registered with the New York State Board of Regents.
Our children range in age from 2 to 5 years old. Many of our children start the educational process with us at age two and remain with us until they enter Kindergarten. They advance through our three programs and remain with the same friends throughout their time with us. This allows them to form meaningful relationships with their peers and teachers, and become comfortable in their school setting, leading to a better learning environment.
Children are taught to work cooperatively within a group and to develop the self-discipline required to perform a task. The stimulating environment and the children’s and teacher’s enthusiasm encourage the development of individual talents and interests – children attain confidence through individual achievement.
Our curriculum is delivered through a Montessori play-based learning, child-oriented, enriching environment where children learn by doing and exploring. The curriculum is aligned with the New York State Pre-Kindergarten Common Core Learning Standards and is geared towards developing necessary skills in language, reading, math, science, cognition, fine and gross motor skills, social/emotional development, and physical development and health. Our goal is to equip each child with all the necessary skills for success in school-age classrooms.