Wynnewood, Lower Merion Township, PA — Most people do not realize that the school is even there, yet it any given time there are about 50 students at Ancona Montessori School, 630 Clothier Rd. at Wynnewood Road. On Friday, the students, their parents, and the faculty held a graduation ceremony for three students they were leaving for the first grade.
Malachi Sudler, Amelia Vivacqua and Leif Bielski were the centers of attention. The three students had been with Ancona since their education started back in nursery school. They had enrolled out and were now on their way to the first grade.
Each class marched into the auditorium where they performed dance routines and sang songs in honor of their moving up to the next level and their friends that were graduating. The children were all wearing T-shirts that the students decorated with tie-dye. The graduating students wore caps and gowns.
In the Montessori program, each child has their own individual program designed according to their needs and development. The children enjoy individual instruction, group participation, and free play as part of the educational experience. The Montessori curriculum was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, and educator, through 40 years of scientific research with young children.
Located at the intersection of Clothier Road and Wynnewood Road the school operates out five classrooms in the rear of St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church. The school has been in operation since 1971. Ancona is the name of the town in Italy where Dr. Maria Montessori lived.