Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our detailed Montclare Exmissions Results 2014-2017

Why choose an independent school?

(From the ISAAGNY Website) As a parent, you are in the fortunate position of having a wide range of independent school choices available to you in the New York area. This advantage brings with it the responsibility of evaluating which school will be the right match for your family to ensure your child’s maximum growth and instill a life-long love of learning.


Independent schools offer a quality education that incorporates small classes, individual attention, and highly qualified teachers. ISAAGNY schools include programs from early childhood through high school. Independent school objectives are not just about high test scores, college acceptances, or sports and arts achievements. They offer advanced and eclectic courses, as well as extra-curricular activities that are essential to a well-rounded individual. While specific independent schools’ missions vary, parents can expect a wide array of offerings within the academic, arts, and athletic areas at any independent school.

What are your exmissions results?

Here are our detailed Montclare Exmissions Results 2013-2016

How many teachers are in each of your classrooms?

The two and three-year-olds have one Head Teacher and two or three Assistants depending on class size. The four year olds have one head teacher and two assistants. Our head teachers have Master’s Degrees in early childhood education and are state certified in early childhood education. Many of our assistant teachers are working their way through school, with the goal of one day becoming a head teacher themselves. In addition, we have some career assistant teachers on staff.

Why do you group the children into young, middle and older 2s, 3s and 4s?

We believe that children do best with peers when it comes to organized group activities and projects. When children are grouped with peers (both developmentally and chronologically) we can better ensure that all the children benefit from activities.

What does Teacher-Guided mean?

Montclare provides a balanced curriculum with ample opportunity for free-play in addition to more structured activities planned by our teachers.  At Montclare, being teacher-guided means that many classroom activities are supported and scaffolded by the teachers allowing for a more collaborative and deeper learning experience. We believe that children benefit from both free-play and from engaging in activities planned by adults. Our teachers follow a daily schedule, and have weekly and monthly themes. Every day children have the opportunity to engage in free-play, preschool games, circle time, story time, physical activity, and preschool crafts.


Students have the opportunity to meet with our specialists for Music, Yoga, Movement and Art. We also offer additional enrichment with Gymanstics (Jodi’s Gym), Filmmaking in our 4s (Writopia Lab) and more… Montclare’s Art Studio teachers offer a more process-based, “open-ended” experience where children can explore different mediums and projects.

Who are your specialist teachers?

The specialists teach Art, Music, Movement, Library, Physical Education, and Yoga. All of our specialists have extensive experience in their field of practice. Children travel from their classrooms to the specialist classroom or appropriate gym.

What are some examples of classroom activities?

Classroom activities are typically centered on monthly themes. Each day is broken up into half-hour blocks. Classroom activities include circle time, choice time (various activities set up on tables as well as the option to explore dramatic play), snack time, cooking, free play, as well as projects that relate to the monthly themes.

What is the difference between your 2s, 3s and 4s curriculum?

The focus of the twos’ preschool curriculum is social development and language development. Children go through separation from a parent or caregiver, and learn to attach to and trust their teachers. Slowly, the youngest children in our school, learn to be comfortable in the classroom, and start to develop friendships. Our young and middle twos come to school, two or three times a week, and our old twos come to school five mornings or five afternoons a week.


The focus of the threes’ preschool curriculum continues to be social and language development, but we add to that skill development. More time is spent in the threes’ classes working on letters and numbers, as well as visual and fine motor skills. The threes engage in projects related to letter of the week, and engage in a variety of puzzles and games.
By the time the children are four the preschool curriculum becomes pre-academic as the children prepare to move on to kindergarten.

How do you handle separation?

We handle separation very gently, and with the awareness that each child will separate at a different pace. We do a phased-in separation, which means that children first start coming to school in small groups and for a short amount of time. We then slowly build for the full class and the full three hour school day.


Parents and caregivers start out in the classroom, then move to the hallway, and finally “out-of-sight,” as the children grow accustomed to being in school. We often refer to the separation process as the “attachment process” since children need to attach to a teacher, in order to successfully separate.

How do you help families with exmissions?

The Director of Exmissions supports our families through the exmissions process (application to on-going schools) which begins in the spring of the 3s program. Parents meet individually with the Director of Exmissions to discuss the schools to which they wish to apply. In addition to frequent individual parent meetings throughout the spring and the following fall and winter, Montlcare hosts a number of group meetings for parents applying to on-going schools.

To which ongoing schools are your students admitted?

Our students have been accepted to and are attending:

Abraham Joshua Heschel School

Alexander Robertson

Allen Stevenson



Bank Street

Birch Wathen Lenox






Cathedral School


Claremont Prep


Columbia Grammar

Convent of the Sacred Heart




Ethical Culture

Fieldston Lower

Friends Seminary


Horace Mann

Hunter College Elementary


Little Red Schoolhouse

Lycee Francais de NY


Manhattan Country School

Manhattan School for Children



Riverdale Country

Rodeph Sholom

Saint Anne’s

Saint Bernard’s

Saint David’s

Saint Hilda’s & Saint Hugh’s

Solomon Schechter


Speyer Legacy


Trevor Day

The School at Columbia University


United Nations International

Village Community School


General Education and Gifted & Talented Programs at:


Manhattan School For Children

PS 6

PS 9

PS 87

PS 163

PS 166

PS 199

PS 452



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Do you serve snack?

We serve a healthy snack every day. Snack consists of healthy crackers, cereal, pretzels, fruit and cheese. All milk products served at the school are hormone and antibiotic free. If there are any dairy allergies in a classroom, cheese is not served. We do not serve any snacks with hydrogenated oils. We also serve water. Montclare is a nut and seed aware school.  No snacks containing nuts or seeds are served in our classrooms. Children in the full-day program bring their own lunch to school.

Why is Montclare for-profit and how does this status affect the school?

Montclare Children’s School is a privately owned school, and therefore has for-profit status. The school is tuition-run. Parent-driven fundraising is limited, and is done to benefit our scholarship fund.

Do siblings have priority in your admissions process?

Siblings represent our top priority. Sometimes a sibling is asked to wait a year if they are not ready to start school, and occasionally we see a sibling who might need to attend a different type of school, but overall, we try to accommodate all siblings. Sibling applicants receive early notification.

What can I do if I need to drop my child off early at school?

Although the school day doesn’t start until 8:45AM for the two and three-year-olds, and 8:30AM for the four-year-olds, children can be dropped off at the school as early as 8:00AM.


Every morning teachers are available in our gym, starting at 8:00 AM, in order to supervise children whose parents need to bring them to school early. Early drop-off is free of charge, and parents are welcome to take advantage of it on an as-needed basis. Our twos must consult with their teachers to gauge readiness for early drop-off.