The EAC Difference:
- In each of our classrooms there are two or more fully trained and certified Montessori teachers. We do this for two reasons: First, because we want our students to engage deeply with their adults; and second, because we strive to offer a depth of curriculum that would not be possible with the traditional Montessori model of a single lead teacher with an assistant.
- Our faculty is unparalleled in the level of professional excellence they bring to EAC both as individuals and as dynamic members of a collaborative community of adults. This means that a child will have the very best teachers regardless of the program or classroom he or she is placed in.
- The retention rate of our faculty ensures that children have the same teachers for several years and guarantees the continuity and consistency of our programming.
- We have a comprehensive curriculum that begins with a child’s first experience at age three and continues until he or she graduates at the end of Middle School.
- The interplay between master teachers- some of whom have been teaching for 30 or more years and younger colleagues who bring a fresh eye, keeps EAC steeped in tradition while remaining relevant to an ever-changing cultural landscape.
- Our campus is substantial and beautiful both inside and out. Our environments are filled with bright light and beautifully bountiful materials and our outside spaces are ripe for robust learning and play.
- Our culture is uncharacteristically rich because we mindfully mark each school year with regularly spaced festivals, celebrations, and commemorations that bring the entire school together in community. Students of all ages engage with one another during these occasions, and relationships are fostered across the age span. Our culture thus further extends the Montessori Method’s traditional practice of multiage groupings which allows for a greater depth of social experience.
- Our Buddy Program partners younger students with older mentors who come together periodically in both structured and unstructured ways. These relationships may span many years and are much loved by young and old. The unveiling of new buddy partners is an eagerly anticipated event at the beginning of every year.
- Our specialty programs are exceptional and serve to supplement the already rich Montessori paradigm. Our music program is particularly notable as it offers all children who turn 9 in a given school year the opportunity to have instrumental music lessons in conjunction with the Ithaca College School of Music Education in addition to the non-instrumental music classes held at EAC. Children who participate in the band program are bused to Ithaca College on a weekly basis and are taught by IC students who are learning to be music educators. Approximately 95% of those students who are eligible participate in this program and there are many EAC graduates who have gone on to study music at the university level.