Special Announcement 

Christopher Academy is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Please call the school to schedule an interview and a tour of the classrooms.  

 

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Upcoming Open Houses

Please call the school office to schedule a prompt personal tour.  We encourage and invite all parents to visit either or both campuses.

 

Open House Dates:

January 169:30 AM, Westfield Campus

January 29, 9:30 AM, Scotch Plains Campus

February 6, 9:30 AM, Westfield Campus

February 22, 9:30 AM, Scotch Plains Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There aren’t many places you can go these days where things are the same as they were 35 years ago, but in a good way.  When my husband and I started looking at preschools for our son three years ago, we knew a visit to Christopher Academy was a must.  After all, I’m a proud graduate of the class of 1982.  It was a surreal experience returning to the classroom and upon entering, so many images came rushing back to me.  Practical life is still in the front corner, art is still at the back left, sensorial work along the wall and the math work is at the back right.  It was familiar, it was comfortable and the energy within the classroom made you feel like you wanted to stay.  That is exactly how I remember Christopher Academy from all those years ago, only this time I’m on the other side of the two-way mirror. 

There is so much to value in a Christopher Academy education.  We value the emphasis placed on each child as an individual.  The Montessori Method empowers our kids to chart their own course through portions of the day by choosing work that interests them most.  We value the classroom and the positive, peaceful environment that has been designed to encourage independence.  The children prepare their workspace, guided only as needed by a gentle hand or thoughtful suggestion from a teacher.  Upon completion of their work, the child returns the materials to the appropriate place.  Most of all, we value that at the core of our children’s daily interactions are lessons in grace and courtesy.  We are so grateful to be part of a school that recognizes this life skill as something to teach.

As a parent, it’s a fortunate feeling knowing our children are in the right school.  At Christopher Academy they’re laying a foundation from which our kids will be able to leap forward academically, socially, and culturally.  My husband and I see these early years as a very impactful time where the lessons they’re given on a daily basis will ultimately be a part of their lifetime practice.  It’s a really powerful thought and for that reason we are very grateful to be part of a school that has an emphasis and appreciation for each child as an individual.


  - Morna Widell