Alfred Montessori School

The Alfred Montessori School is located at 8 1/2 South Main Street in Alfred, NY and is open M-F 7:30 AM til 5:30 PM.

We believe that the key to changing the world is through the hearts of children. At the Alfred Montessori School we are dedicated to giving families and children a high quality program that integrates Maria Montessori’s philosophy with elements of child development to create an enriching learning environment. We offer a flexible program that encourages children’s unique needs and natural abilities which promotes their desire to learn. The Alfred Montessori School has an absolute charter from the NYS Department of Education and is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services as a day care facility.

[12/02/19]   Due to the continued snow and dangerous driving conditions, AMS will be closed today. We apologize for the late notice, but we were doing our best to weigh our decision based on the weather and surrounding school district's decisions. Thank you for your understanding. Stay safe and warm!

[12/02/19]   Due to the current weather conditions, with more snow expected, Alfred Montessori School will open late tomorrow, December 2nd, at 9am. We will be monitoring the conditions closely, however, and will send another message if we determine we need to close for the day. Stay safe and warm.

[10/17/18]   Thank you to all the Montessori families and community members that donated items to our Yard Sale. It was a huge success!

[08/29/18]   Preschool Openings starting in September! We have several spots available in our preschool room where students engage in Montessori learning in language, math, the senses, practical skills, and much more. Please send an email to [email protected] if you would like more information.

[08/21/18]   Welcome to our new Director, Kathy Sherman! She recently moved to Alfred from Seattle and has over 25 years of teaching experience. Please stop by the office and introduce yourself to her!

[08/02/18]   Everything about a Montessori classroom fosters independence. You first start with the classroom that is prepared to allow the child to do for themselves what an adult would often do for a child. Enter a toddler room and you will watch a three year old sweeping the floor with a child-sized broom, washing the dishes at a sink just their height or folding washcloths that are the right size for their hands. The pride you see in these children who are able to “do it themselves” without asking for help from an adult is incredible. A Montessori classroom provides a prepared environment where children are able to develop independence.

Join the Alfred Montessori family. We have openings in the Infant, Waddler, and Preschool rooms!

This Saturday! Come one, come all!

Family and friends of AMS: Come walk in the parade with us this Saturday! Line up at 11:00 am on Park Street (on AU campus - the street alongside the Saxon Inn and Herrick Library) and enjoy what should be a sunny day!

Here is the line up of events for Hot Dog Day, April 21st! Hot Dog Day is on the Alfred State Campus this year. Vendor fair will be on the Spine (the sidewalks by the SLC and between the buildings in the middle of campus), the Parade is being organized by the village.

Love our community!

Our wonderful employee Morgan gave us these beautiful roses. And the heart is from the children at Alfred Montessori School. Happy Valentine's Day!

[02/07/18]   Like most local schools, AMS is calling a snow day on Wednesday, February 7, due to the incoming storm. All programs will be closed. Stay safe!

[01/09/18]   🎶 “For the first time in forever...” 🎶...thanks to our classroom reorganization, we have openings for *all* children between the ages of 6 weeks-5 years! (Limited availability for School-Age Program.) Contact us today for a visit to learn about the Montessori method!

[08/29/17]   Open House for new and returning families is in one week: Tues., 9/5 at 5 pm at AMS! Come meet your teachers, drop off your child's supplies, and familiarize yourself with AMS policies (including opportunities to get registration fees waived/credited)!

[08/15/17]   Our email has been re-secured. Confidential billing information was never stored or filed on our email system! However, if you recently sent an email to [email protected] and never received a reply, please resend your email because it might have been deleted in the clean up. Thank you for your patience!

Also, fall registration packets are due by Friday, August 18!

[08/11/17]   Our email account was hacked. If you received a curious email requesting money, it did not come from us. Please call the school at (607) 587-9334 or FB message us in the meantime! We are sorry for the inconvenience and rude spams and are tightening our security as we recover the account.

[07/19/17]   We are now accepting applications for a qualified infant room assistant teacher! The position would be 30-40 hours per week beginning in September (our upcoming Fall 2017 semester). Applicants should contact Executive Director Judy Rose at (607) 587-9334 or [email protected].


Don't forget our family picnic tomorrow, Saturday, 6/10 from 4-6 pm in the green space between AMS and the Village Fire Hall! Bounce houses and hot dogs! Waterslide and fun! Meet the other families and mingle with the teachers! It should be a beautiful day!!!!

[05/27/17]   Happy Memorial Day weekend! AMS is closed on Monday, May 29 to allow all staff and students to spend more time with family and friends.

Heads up: Family potluck picnic on the green space next to AMS on Saturday, June 10 (complete with waterslide bounce house)! Also, the Toddler/Preschool graduation show will be held on Friday, June 16 at the Alfred Village Hall.

Today's the day! Come to the Art Auction tonight at the historic Alfred Village Hall! Socialize while previewing the art, listening to live music, and sampling light refreshments (cash bar available!) at 6 pm! Live auction starts at 7 pm. Tickets $15 for 1, $25 for a pair. Make a night of it while supporting your local early childhood school.

Alfred Montessori Art Auction 2017

Alfred Montessori Art Auction 2017

Remember: AMS will be closed for Teacher Training Day this Thursday, March 16, 2017!
(Now stay tuned for Winter Storm Stella...)

A really nice glass piece in the upcoming auction!

Another awesome piece of work for the Auction! Don't miss it!

Another great piece that will be at the Art Auction.

Like our page to see more art as we keep a steady stream coming!

Just a taste of what you'll see at the 2017 Alfred Montessori Art Auction

Join us the evening of April 1st at the Alfred Village Hall

Alfred Montessori Art Auction 2017

Alfred Montessori Art Auction 2017

[02/22/17]   We'll be posting photos of select art pieces that will be in the upcoming 2017 Art Auction. Be on the lookout for our event invitation soon!

Hollyhocks II
24 x 24 inches
Acrylica and resin on panel
Artist: Angie To

Babies love to play at AMS! In our infant room, babies (6 weeks to 18 months) learn and play in their own space with plenty of room to explore. Our room always meets and usually exceeds the Office of Child and Family Services' child-to-teacher ratios, so your littlest ones are guaranteed loving attention, supervision, and teaching time.

[02/17/17]   Don't forget that the Alfred Montessori School will be closed on Monday, February 20, 2017 to observe Presidents' Day. However, contact the school if you are interested in quality childcare for school-age kids (aged 4-12) between the 21st-24th!

[07/31/14]   We are still in search of a double stroller for our infant room. If anyone has one they are willing to donate we'd be more than grateful to receive such a gift.

Admissions & Enrollment Forms for the Alfred Montessori School

Preschool enrollment for the Fall 2014-15 school year happening now! Alfred Montessori School admission applications, enrollment & registration forms. Parents are invited to tour the school and observe classes. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the School office at (607) 587-9334.

[06/17/14]   Please do not forget our garden clean-up is this afternoon 3:30-5:30. Many hands make light work!

[06/11/14]   Outdoor face-lift! We are looking for a few volunteers for our garden clean-up day on Tuesday June 17th 3:30-5:30 pm. Comment below if you'd be willing to lend a hand. Wear your play clothes & bring your garden equipment. Stay for the whole time or just a little bit. Thanks in advance!

[05/15/14]   ACTIVITY CANCELLATION NOTIFICATION - Our "AMS Spring Clean-up" scheduled for Saturday May 17th has been postponed until a later date, TBA. Thank you for your understanding!

Admissions & Enrollment Forms for the Alfred Montessori School

FRIENDLY REMINDER -- Alfred Montessori's Fall Enrollment Opens to EVERYONE this Thursday May 15th -- if you're a current family and have not submitted your child's Fall Registration (with a paid application fee) please know your child's current spot will not be held/guaranteed. Applications are available outside of our school office or on the website Alfred Montessori School admission applications, enrollment & registration forms. Parents are invited to tour the school and observe classes. Appointments can be scheduled by calling the School office at (607) 587-9334.

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8 1/2 S Main St
Alfred, NY

Opening Hours

Monday 07:30 - 17:30
Tuesday 07:30 - 17:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 17:30
Thursday 07:30 - 17:30
Friday 07:30 - 17:30
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