City leaders will gather in New Haven on Wednesday to celebrate the inaugural year of the Elm City Montessori School on Quinnipiac Avenue, which currently serves students ages three to five.
The federally-funded magnet school focuses on individualized learning, student independence and strong family engagement, according to a release from the school system. Newly renovated classrooms feature hands-on learning materials that encourage exploration through the Montessori method.
Ninety percent of the students hail from New Haven, while 10 percent come from neighboring towns through the regional magnet program. The school’s inaugural class includes 70 of its 600 applicants. Over time, it will grow to serve 300 students in Pre-K through eighth grade.
“Our program is designed to promote lifelong learning through a developmental approach to education that integrates math, science, language arts, music and the outdoors in an academically stimulating environment,” Principal Alissa Levi said in a statement Monday.
Although the school year began in August, the New Haven superintendent and education commissioner will join parents, students and staff for a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m.