Saxtons River Montessori School

Parent Cooperative

From its inception in 1991 our non-profit school has been an organization governed by a parent body. When a child joins our school community, that child’s caregivers are granted a direct say in the operation of the school. Our collective Saxtons River Montessori School family–the children, teachers, community members, and parents–make SRMS the special and wonderful place that it is today.

The SRMS Board of Directors and staff meet at least once a month, and parents are encouraged to attend these meetings or have a board member represent their comments/concerns. Newsletters, email, the porch bulletin board, invitations, and board meetings are used to alert parents to school projects, needs, and events. Parents help organize and execute school fundraisers. Our main fundraising events are spread throughout the academic year. Due to the cooperative nature of the school, each family is expected to contribute wherever their talents and time allow throughout the school year.

With the active cooperation and participation of many parent volunteers, the school is able to: maintain and beautify the grounds and environment; teach a sense of community; utilize the unique talents and skills of its community members; minimize expenses and, thus, keep the cost of tuition down; and enhance the overall experience for our children.

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