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About Children's House
Children's House began as a non-profit, volunteer, parent-run school in September 1965 in classrooms at the original Fairless Hills Methodist Church (currently the Children's House building).  At that time there were two directresses, two assistants, and a student body of fifty-one children in two classes.

As the reputation of the school grew, the increased enrollment and long waiting list required the addition of another classroom. By 1980, there were three morning classes, two afternoon  classes and a kindergarten program. The staff consisted of four American Montessori Internationale affiliated directresses and five aides.

Responding to a growing waiting list, the school added a modular classroom for the Fall 1997. In 1999,  Children's House established a Lower Elementary Montessori class of first and second graders. The elementary program presently includes first through sixth grades.

There is currently a maximum enrollment of 110 students in the preprimary program, three morning primary classes, and two full day primary programs, a kindergarten program, and the elementary program.

Accreditation

The Children's House of Bucks County is a member of the American Montessori Society. All directresses have been trained and certified by a Montessori teacher training facility and are certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the American Montessori Society (AMS) or the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

The school complies with state regulations concerning nursery schools, kindergartens, and elementary schools and is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the State Board of Private Academic Schools.  The preprimary program is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

Mission Statement
The mission of The Children's House of Bucks County is to provide each student a well-rounded, individualized, educational experience based on Montessori principles. Within a nurturing and family-focused environment, the program empowers children to grow emotionally, socially, and physically, and thereby become responsible, confident, sensitive and peaceful citizens. Its goal is to develop students with strong, independent and analytical thinking skills and an enduring love of learning.

Philosophy

The Children's House of Bucks County provides:

  • A Montessori environment... which includes classrooms rich in Montessori materials and staffed with Montessori trained, state-certified teachers. The Children's House of Bucks County is affiliated with the American Montessori Society.
  • A well-rounded experience... which addresses the academic, social, emotional, physical and ethical needs of each child. This is accomplished through the practical life, sensorial, language and math materials of the Montessori methods, and other enrichment opportunities provided within the curriculum. As a result, students develop independence, self-motivation, responsible decision-making, respect for self and others, self-management, and the ability to view experiences from differing perspectives.
  • The basis for an enduring love of learning... by encouraging intellectual curiosity and building self-confidence through the self-identification and self-correction of mistakes.  This prepares children for future educational and life experiences.
  • Individual responsiveness... by celebrating and nurturing each child's unique abilities, learning styles and interests, thereby promoting the realization of the child's potential.
  • Multi-age classrooms...  by placing children ranging from 18 months through 36 months in the preprimary program; children 2 years, 10 months to 6 years of age together in primary and children 6 years to12 years of age together in elementary.  This allows the younger children to benefit from the modeling demonstrated by the older children, and the older children to gain skills by helping and teaching the younger children.
  • A family-focused environment... by encouraging families to participate in school activities and Family School Association  sponsored social events. The school also provides a parent education program which strives to reinforce and maintain continuity in the learning process between home and school, parent and teacher.

The Children's House of Bucks County does not discriminate in its personnel practices, intake, and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion or disability (in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, and Pennsylvania statutes). The Children's House of Bucks County will provide services to children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs and will make any reasonable modifications to its existing policies, practices, and procedures necessary to ensure full participation in its services by persons with disabilities.