Hamilton Park Montessori School in Jersey City

Written by Vanessa Morales

Hamilton Park Montessori School

At Hamilton Park Montessori School, we believe that a better world is created by respectful people who are authentic to themselves, passionate in their pursuits, and connected to the world around them. 

In 2006 when Hamilton Park Montessori School (HPMS)—a New Jersey non-profit corporation—opened the doors of its first early childhood classroom with 10 students, is committed to a whole-child approach to education—one that meets the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of each child. 

Almost 2 decades later, as one of the largest Montessori schools in New Jersey going up through 8th grade, HPMS continues to nurture each child’s love of learning.  

About Us

Hamilton Park Montessori School educates children from toddlers (14 months) through eighth grade, following the vision of Maria Montessori, who was thrice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy of children and her work toward world peace. Built on Montessori’s values and her scientific observation of the nature of learning, HPMS’ curriculum lays a sound foundation in mathematics, language, geography, science and social science, creative arts, physical movement, sensory learning, and practical living. As Montessorians, we believe this strong foundation is the key to academic success, personal growth, and global awareness. 

On this belief and through the mutually supportive efforts with our families, HPMS is committed to meeting the needs of our diverse student body, supporting all students’ curiosity and passion for learning, feeding their creativity, and building independence, self-awareness, self-discipline, and respect for themselves and others. In partnership with faculty and parents, HPMS students learn to work hard and persevere, think critically, pursue social justice, and find joy in themselves, their peers, and their world. 

Application Process

Our application process is 4 easy steps, each designed to help you get to know our school better:

  1. Step 1: Visit us during one of our Open Houses (Fall, Winter, or Spring dates available: October 22, 2022, February 4, 2023, or April 22, 2023) and during a scheduled “First Step” session. Our Open Houses are on campus. The October Open House is for families of students who are Kindergarten or younger and will be conducted at our Lower School Campus (1 McWilliams Place, Jersey City). The Winter and Spring Open Houses will be on both campuses (Lower School Campus at 1 McWilliams Place, and Upper School Campus at 175 8th Street; if your child is in 1st through 8th grade, they may join the Open House on our Upper School Campus). 

First Step sessions are conducted both in-person and via Zoom (lasting about 60 minutes) so families can get to know our school, our mission, and philosophy and meet our leadership team.  Please refer to the dates here: 

A “First Step” session is required for parents of Bridge (14 months- 3 years) and Early Childhood children (3 – 5 years). If you are interested in applying to our Lower Elementary (Grades 1- 3), Upper Elementary (Grades 4-5), or Middle School (Grades 6- 8) programs, please e-mail [email protected] to schedule a session after November 1st, 2022 and please join one of our Open Houses either in the Winter (February 4, 2023) or Spring (April 22, 2023). 

  1. Step 2: Classroom Observation: Parents are invited to come to observe in a classroom (for your child’s respective program) during the school day. Afterward, meet with the Admissions team to share your impressions and ask any questions you may have.
  2. Step 3: Submit your Online Application & come in for a Child Visit. You will then hear back from us to schedule a Child Visit (also called a “Student Visit” for students in grades 1-8) for your child to meet with one of our teachers and share some moments interacting with each other so that we may get to know your child. For grades 1 – 8, students visit with a classroom teacher after school without their parents; younger students remain with their parents during their child visit.  
  3. Step 4: Personal Follow-Up – Join our Head of School, Ms. Alexa, online for a personal 15-minute meeting to touch base and ask any follow-up questions. 

We look forward to meeting you. Please reach out with any questions: [email protected] 

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Vanessa Morales