The Westmont Montessori School provides an environment that fosters independence, self-esteem, integrity, and personal responsibility. Our Montessori philosophy empowers each child by providing the foundation to excel academically, to develop respect for self and others, and to value the world in which we live. The Westmont graduate is a capable young person who is inspired to learn.
Westmont's vision is to inspire each child, parent, and staff member to reach his or her potential.
In the autumn of 1963, the late Sandy Dwyer, a local resident, read an article in The New York Times about Maria Montessori and her teaching method. “I think we need a Montessori school,” she told her husband Jim. He encouraged her to take action, and the Westmont legacy began. Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer found other interested local people who also had young children. Posting notices in nearby towns brought over a hundred parents to a meeting in St. Lawrence Church in Chester on a freezing cold night in February, 1964. As a result, a Board of Trustees was formed. Westmont’s original class was held at the Community Presbyterian Church in Chester. Soon after getting started, enrollment increased dramatically, and Westmont rented a facility in Long Valley. We were next housed in a storefront on Route 206 in Chester. In 1972 the acquisition of land on Route 24 on the Mendham/Chester border, and the donation of two trailers, allowed the school to find its present home at 577 Route 24. The link between the Dwyer family and Westmont Montessori School began its third generation in 1996 when Mr. and Mrs. Dwyer’s grandson became a student. Now Westmont is entering its 52nd year of educating the next generation.
Westmont is proud to be one of a select group of schools accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools (MSCES).
“Westmont fosters lifelong friendships and confidence.” – Yvonne Previdi, parent