Parent Testimonials

Over the years we've had the pleasure of working with many amazing children and wonderful parents.  Below are a few testimonials from happy parents.


There aren’t many places you can go these days where things are the same as they were 35 years ago, but in a good way.  When my husband and I started looking at preschools for our son three years ago, we knew a visit to Christopher Academy was a must.  After all, I’m a proud graduate of the class of 1982.  It was a surreal experience returning to the classroom and upon entering, so many images came rushing back to me.  Practical life is still in the front corner, art is still at the back left, sensorial work along the wall and the math work is at the back right.  It was familiar, it was comfortable and the energy within the classroom made you feel like you wanted to stay.  That is exactly how I remember Christopher Academy from all those years ago, only this time I’m on the other side of the two-way mirror.  There is so much to value in a Christopher Academy education.  We value the emphasis placed on each child as an individual.  The Montessori Method empowers our kids to chart their own course through portions of the day by choosing work that interests them most.  We value the classroom and the positive, peaceful environment that has been designed to encourage independence.  The children prepare their workspace, guided only as needed by a gentle hand or thoughtful suggestion from a teacher.  Upon completion of their work, the child returns the materials to the appropriate place.  Most of all, we value that at the core of our children’s daily interactions are lessons in grace and courtesy.  We are so grateful to be part of a school that recognizes this life skill as something to teach. As a parent, it’s a fortunate feeling knowing our children are in the right school.  At Christopher Academy they’re laying a foundation from which our kids will be able to leap forward academically, socially, and culturally.  My husband and I see these early years as a very impactful time where the lessons they’re given on a daily basis will ultimately be a part of their lifetime practice.  It’s a really powerful thought and for that reason we are very grateful to be part of a school that has an emphasis and appreciation for each child as an individual.
  - Morna Widell

When considering where to send our first child for his first school experience, it was not only the “where" and “what” he would be doing and “how" he would be doing it that mattered.  It was the “who".  Who would be these new people in his life that would be with him, be by his side and help him make friends day after day, go through the first life lessons of being with other people and learning how to get along in this world with peaceful and mindful attitude? At CA we have been continually impressed with the quality of staff, from office to teacher to lunchtime aide to director to owner.  They have become extended family members to my children and family. The care that our children continue to receive from the staff at school and their commitment to the Montessori method have introduced a love of learning to us that will stay with them forever.
  - Teri Hansen

We moved to Westfield from Hoboken in 2010. We decided on sending our 3 year old son at the time Logan to Christopher Academy(CA), honestly, based on its nearby location to our new home. What we soon realized, however, that CA offered more than a convenient location it also offered excellence in education and social development for our son. Logan thrived in a Montessori classroom offered through the CA curriculum. He not only learned to read at a 3rd grade level by the time he left 1st grade he also learned about empathy, social responsibility  and giving back to the community. CA brought out the best in our son. He is now in the Westfield public system, the youngest in the grade but you wouldn't know it. He has adjusted wonderfully both academically and socially. As two working parents, we are grateful for the community and support CA provides to our family. When it came to our second child, our 4 year old daughter named Priyanka, we knew that CA would also meet her unique needs and encourage her to be the best student, friend and community member that she can be.  
  - Jey Rajaraman and Jon Hargreaves

Is there anything better in life than knowing you've chosen the right early education pathway for your child? Nothing fills me with more heartfelt gratitude and comfort knowing my oldest daughter Morgan has simply thrived as a student at Christopher Academy for the past 3 years. The staff, curriculum, and community of CA has laid the fundamental groundwork for Morgan's lifelong pursuit of education, with the Montessori method imperative to her individual development.    There is a true passion based in the Montessori tradition at CA, and that passion has a trickledown effect that permeates beyond the classroom. The kindness, joyfulness, and caring nature my daughter is exposed to while at school translates into our home life as well.  Simply put, we couldn't be happier with our family's experience at Christopher Academy and wish all children could experience this type of learning environment.
  - Sarah Markle

My relationship with the Christopher Academy community started over 30 years ago, when I was a student at the Westfield, NJ campus. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I can recall my parents commenting on how my Montessori education positively influenced various aspects of my development. Throughout my higher education, and later career in the education field, my personal respect and appreciation for this method of learning took on its own form; and when it came time to choose a school for my two children, I knew Christopher Academy had everything my husband and I wanted for them.     Christopher Academy offers children an enriched and carefully arranged learning environment. Teachers at Christopher Academy manage to provide students with individualized attention, and really get to know each child and their respective developmental needs. This methodology not only helps with lessons and the acquisition of skills, but helps to build relationships. It is evident that the teachers genuinely care for their students-- and that the children have affection for their teachers, and enjoy going to school. Christopher Academy recognizes that every child is unique and special, and the school fosters a nurturing learning environment that promotes kindness and respect. Children learn from one another, and it is amazing to see “little friends” helping “big friends” with various work and materials around the classroom. Teachers and staff also go above and beyond to cultivate relationships with parents/caregivers. They always make themselves available to hear questions or concerns, and parents are frequently updated on their child’s progress in the classroom. I’m proud of my decision to select Christopher Academy for my children’s early education, and grateful for the wonderful teachers and staff who have been supportive throughout the entire process.
  - Gabriella Hamilton