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Montessori Magnet School

Phone: 518-475-6675 | Fax: 518-475-6677
45 Tremont St., Albany, NY 12205

About our school

Principal John Powell reading with a studentThe mission of Montessori Magnet School is to create and support the development of a responsible and culturally diverse community of individual learners through diligent work in, and adherences to, the Montessori philosophy and method.

As one of the district’s four magnet programs, our Montessori community develops self-motivated, teacher guided students who are able to work independently and collaboratively while always respecting themselves and their surroundings.

It is our belief that the mutual respect exhibited between teacher as guide and our learners results in greater student confidence, enthusiasm and achievement.

Our multi-aged classrooms from pre-K through second grade build strong foundations for student success. Mentoring and modeling for others are staples of the Montessori experience and by working together, we grow together as well.

John Powell

Our program offers the best of both worlds. We strive to blend the philosophy and hands-on materials of Maria Montessori, the guidance provided by the New York State learning standards and the instructional resources provided by our district. The result is a student body that operates within the clear boundaries set by our teachers, able to explore their own standards-connected interests while their level of independence grows.

Visit our Magnet Registration page to learn more about enrolling.

grades Pre-K - 5
Enrollment 300
Breakfast  7:40 a.m.
School day 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Montessori resources

For a more in-depth look at our school, including our philopsophy, support services, policies and more, please review our Montessori Magnet Handbook.

Contact us

John Powell


Akira Marshall

Home School Coordinator

Upcoming events


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Start: Jun 3, 2020 8:00 AM End: Jun 10, 2020 3:00 PM

Multi-Day Event

June 3 Houser: 8-10 a.m. Ayers: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bruce: 1-3 p.m. June 4 Whalen: 8-10 a.m. Byrnes: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Battistello: 1-3 p.m. June 5...


PK/K celebration

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

For this reverse parade, cars should begin in the Westland Hills parking lot and proceed to the Austain Ave. (playground side of the school) entrance. For the health and safety ...


Grade 5 moving-up ceremony

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A link to the virtual ceremony (Google Live) will be shared in Google Classroom, SNN and Montessori Magnet School's Facebook page prior to the event.