Elm City Montessori School


2015 Open Houses

Wednesday, February 25 5:30pm

Saturday, February 28 10:00am

Saturday, March 7 10:00am

Tuesday, March 10 5:30pm

General Info

Address: 375 Quinnipiac Ave., New Haven, CT 06513 MAP        

Main Office Phone: (203) 903-4031

Grades: PreK3 & PreK4 – K

Admission Preferences: Sibling

School Hours: : 8:30am-4:00pm | PreK Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm

Principal: Dr. Alissa Levy

Enrollment: 69 students

Website: www.elmcitymontessori.org 




Welcome to Elm City Montessori School, where we partner with families to build independent learners.

We are an ungraded school serving children ages 3-7 in multi-age classrooms of students ages 3-5 and 6-9 years. We are proud to be New Haven’s first public Montessori School. Core to the Montessori approach is a focus on interactive, self-directed learning and hands-on inquiry in thoughtfully-prepared multi-age classrooms that foster independence, creativity, critical-thinking and leadership. Our program’s developmental approach to education integrates math, science, language arts, music and the outdoors in a nurturing and academically rigorous environment that promotes life-long learning and helps each child realize his/her full potential.

How to Know Elm City Montessori School is Right for Your Child:\

  • Your child likes exploring hands-on with materials in a beautiful, structured, student-centered environment.
  • Fostering your young child’s decision-making skills and independence early on is important to you.
  • You are excited to be involved with a parent-founded school that values authentic family engagement.

Unique Ways Your Child Can Learn and Grow Here:

  • Your child guides his/her own learning to develop self-initiative.
  • He/she gains a diverse and well-rounded world-view through hands-on, holistic exploration across many disciplines.
  • Your child develops leadership and teamwork through peer mentoring and cooperation that happens naturally through multi-age classrooms.

2015 Open Houses

2015 Open Houses

Wednesday, February 25 5:30pm

Saturday, February 28 10:00am

Saturday, March 7 10:00am

Tuesday, March 10 5:30pm

School Tours and Shadowing

In order to preserve the order of the prepared classroom environment, we do not offer shadowing during school hours. As part of our recruitment and enrollment process, we conduct a New Family Orientation, an individual Family Meeting and a Home Visit. These events help us to get to know you and your child so we may choose the best classroom environment for your child. After that, we will invite you and your child in for a grade-specific classroom visit during our extended day program.

More Info

Please contact Shefau Dabre-Rufus at 203-903-4031, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Hillary Bridges at 203-903-4031, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

2014 Lottery Results Data

2014 Lottery Results Data 

In an effort to help families make informed decisions about choosing a school, New Haven Public Schools is publishing last year’s lottery data for each Magnet and Charter School. Although the data changes year to year, you can see a snapshot by grade level of how many seats were available for each school. Also, you can see how many applicants applied, how many applicants lived in the neighborhood, and how many applicants had siblings. These numbers reflect a combined total of all first, second and third school choices of each applicant. We hope this information, along with the opportunity to attend open houses, will help families choose schools that will fit the needs of their children.

Last Year's Available Seats and Applicants by Grade Level

Available Seats: 27 22 19
No Preference: 240 186 114 

Application Process

Application Process

NOTE: New Haven students, please apply and enter the Lottery. Suburban students may apply for Elm City Montessori, however, they ARE NOT selected by New Haven’s Magnet Lottery. Applications are available online atwww.aces.org/students-families/open-choice for suburban students. For more information, contact Lynn Bailey at (203) 498-6843, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

We Provide

  • State-of-the-Art Schools

  • Free Transportation &
    Free Tuition

  • Free Preschool for
    3 & 4-year-olds

Our Mission

In addition to providing effective and innovative educational practices, New Haven Schools of Choice are designed to foster student enrollment patterns that reflect racial, ethnic and economic diversity.

Families must apply to our schools.  Students are placed in schools through a lottery.


Who Can Apply

New Haven residents can apply to any magnet or charter school in the city. Our Interdistrict Magnet Schools are open to all Connecticut residents. There are no admission requirements, tests or prerequisites for our students. We serve special education students, English Language learners, talented and gifted students and everyone else who comes through the lottery to our schools. No student may be denied enrollment because of race, ethnicity or disability. 

Contact Us

New Haven Public Schools -
Magnet Office

54 Meadow Street, First Floor
New Haven, CT 06519 MAP

Main Office: (203) 946-7415
Registration Questions:
(203) 946-8501

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