Beginning in 1996 with one classroom and eight children, we have grown to 4 full classrooms while maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori’s methods. With two of our original teachers on our staff today as Head Teacher and Staff Supervisor, along with the rest of our teachers, we are proud to boast longevity among our Montessori staff.
Inside our school you will find a buzz of content engagement among the students as they work, grow and learn in their classrooms. It is our passion at Community Montessori Academy to provide the highest quality environment, staff and opportunity for each child and family.
The Montessori methods and philosophies we follow make sense, work with each child’s own patterns of development, and encourage self-worth, respect and autonomy.
As a result, the children develop a concrete understanding and basis to learn academic concepts for years to come. Children also learn life-skills, grace and courtesy, peace and respect .
Their early life experience at CMA allows them to reach their full potential cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically and academically, while encouraging them to value themselves and others, and gain solid decision-making skills.
Children leave CMA to go on to first grade or kindergarten with the knowledge, confidence and readiness they need for success. In the bigger picture, our society reaps the benefits.
We are located in a beautiful residential neighborhood of Verona, NJ, but within walking distance to public transportation to NYC. Many of our families are from the surrounding Suburban Essex County: Verona, Essex Fells, Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Roseland, Fairfield, Montclair, Glen Ridge, Nutley, West Orange, Llewellyn Park and Bloomfield. Thanks to word of mouth from our satisfied parents, some of our families also live in Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County with students from Wayne, Little Falls, Cliffside Park, Ridgewood, and Kearny.
What Parents are Saying
Our very reserved and shy daughter loves her time at CMA. Her teachers are extremely kind and patient with her and she can’t wait to get back to school each Monday. CMA has a terrific staff! -Paula F
The teachers at CMA are just excellent! They are so patient and calm, and so wonderful in handling the many little things going on. You can tell that the teachers really care about the children, which is wonderful for a parent to see. -Sandra T
Elaine has provided education and child care services to my two children for the past 5 years. The school has a warm and nurturing atmosphere and the staff is superb. I would highly recommend CMA. -Shay C
I am so glad to have our son back to his normal self after such a tough experience at his previous preschool. I am so thankful for your help in working to rebuild his confidence. Having him at CMA made a world of difference. Now, his transition from CMA to grade school has been off to a great start. Thanks so much. -Jay B
Elaine, we cannot describe how fortunate we are to have met all of you. It gives us great peace of mind to know that our son is in great hands every day. It is wonderful to know that he will discover and learn something new every day and be given a chance to be his best. All of you have touched our lives in a great way – you are the most caring, wonderful teachers anyone could wish they ever had. This note cannot fully describe all our appreciation for what you give our son every day. Your genuine kindness and willingness to help in any way are greatly appreciated. You are all great role models for all the children. We are very fortunate to have you in our lives. -Irina H & Family
Children are so wonderful for so many reasons. One of them being their honesty. So when my daughter has something exciting happen at home and tells me with a smile that she wants to tell her teachers the good news, I know how much they are a part of her life. She often says how much she likes them and shares new things she learned in school. I know that when I leave my daughter at school, that she is in great, loving hands. Thank you. You are deeply appreciated.
You can tell a lot about a boss/manager from his or her staff. If the staff is friendly, hard working and devoted, then this is clear indication that the person they are working for is genuine and caring. It’s no surprise that all the teachers are extremely wonderful. Thanks Elaine for all you do to run such a successful and safe place for our children. -Brian & Stacy M
Thanks so much for your dedication to the Montessori philosophy and to the kids. It is so evident in everything you do. We are lucky to have found CMA! -Marisa T & Family
We believe that one of the best decisions we made for our children was the decision for them to attend Community Montessori Academy. Our first son came to you when he was only 2 and after experiencing the power of CMA, we have never looked back. CMA has helped our boys grow to be happy, respectful, independent and confident. As parents, it is difficult to leave our young children with anyone. But when the boys are at CMA, we feel 100% comfortable knowing they are loved, safe, and that their appetites for knowledge are being satisfied. Just walking into CMA, there is a truly magical feeling and a sense of calm that the children can sense too. My children love CMA and look forward to every day at school so much that when we are on vacation, they are asking about school. We look forward to our youngest son experiencing the love and respect that is such a part of CMA and having the opportunity to learn from all of the teachers next year. And we know that our older one will find that something missing after he graduates because his teacher at CMA has such a special place in his heart. And last but not least, Elaine has set the tone and continued the mission of this wonderful school. Thank you to everyone…you have all truly touched the lives of our children in such a positive way!!!! -Sean & Deanna C
CMA is a unique and special place. We are grateful to be a part of it, and for all that you do. We feel truly blessed that you provided our daughter such an amazing start to education! We don’t know how you do it – You’re amazing! -April & Michael H
Our family is so thankful for the amazing staff of CMA. Our daughter has flourished at CMA, learning her letter sounds and perhaps most importantly, grace and courtesy. She has become such an independent, self-confident child under the guidance of the CMA leadership and staff. She truly LOVES going to school. When I drop her off in the morning, she can’t wait to see her teachers. In everything she does, I see the enormous impact CMA has on her. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have influence my daughter. Thank you so much. -Anne G
We can’t believe CMA has been a part of our family’s life for seven years! Thanks for giving us the peace of mind everyday that we are sending our kids to a loving learning environment. We have watched the development of all three of our children and seen all of your teaching come to life in their words and actions. They have become wonderful, free-thinkers. We are so happy to be able to tell you now how much of an influence you have had on their lives. The kids still reflect on their past times at CMA with happy memories of a caring and nurturing place. We want you to know that we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all these years. - Phil & Donna M & Family
Our family cannot express how thankful and grateful we are to have had you as our daughter’s teacher for the past two years. Your dedication to the profession is unmatched, but more importantly, it is your warmth and compassion that is unparalleled. We truly appreciate your hard work. Because of you and the entire staff at CMA, we know that our daughter is ready for the next phase of education as she moves on to public school. -Leigh C
Our whole family extends a great appreciation for CMA and all the staff who we’ve known for the past six years. You have played a very important roll in the early development of our three daughters. Each teacher is recognized for their great work, and we have to specially think Elaine and the teachers who have been a part of the Spencer Girls’ legacy at CMA from the beginning. May God Bless you all as you continue to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. -The Spencer Family
Thank you to everyone at CMA for the positive impact they have had on our daughter. Your patience and attentiveness to the children’s needs are priceless. -Trish A
Thank you to Elaine and all of the teachers at CMA for all of your work with the children. You all do a wonderful job! Words cannot describe how much we appreciate you for spending your time teaching our children. -Lisa B