From Hoda Mahmoud, Head of School

Dear Parents,

I’d like to begin by expressing my deepest appreciation for considering Somerset Hills Montessori School for your child’s educational journey. These early years are so important to your child’s future, and the decision of where to go for the best, most nurturing environment is not always easy. Our goal is to give you the peace of mind that our school will provide the optimum opportunity for your child to grow, thrive and learn and reach his or her potential to be ready for whatever the future holds.

Somerset Hills Montessori School, nestled in the heart of New Jersey in historic Basking Ridge, has been a member of the American Montessori Society since 1990. Our school follows the educational methods created by Dr. Maria Montessori, and all of our teachers are certified to teach using these methods. What you will also find at SHMS is that we are enhancing classical Montessori methods with modern technology to give children the head start they need to live in today’s world.

We would love for you to come and visit our school to see what we have to offer. Our programs are designed for toddlers through 6 year old’s, and include a variety of schedules of regular classes as well as enrichment and summer programs to suit your family’s needs.

We welcome any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about our school, our programs, tuition, or to schedule your tour. We look forward to hearing from you!


Hoda Mahmoud
Head of School


Simply AMAZING! Our daughter is in the kindergarten class now and has been with the school since she was 2. She can’t wait to go to school each morning and doesn’t want to leave. It never ceases to amaze us how much they teach her, not just academically but socially as well. The teachers have all been there for years and are truly committed and passionate about what they do. We had visited many day cares in the area before, but SHMS really stood out for us. We are so glad that a friend recommended this school to us. Our younger son is also there now and we are confident that he will get the same strong foundation that the school provided and continue to provide his sister. To top it off, it is very reasonably priced. WE LOVE the school and can’t thank the teachers enough for what they have done and continue to do for our kids.

We have two children who attended SHMS in both the Kindergarten and the three-year old classrooms. The teachers are wonderful… not only they are great at inspiring learning in our kids but they are also very care while they teach. The Montessori method is by far the best for our family, my children are far ahead of any academic expectations we had initially at the beginning of our time at this school. This is because they aren’t forced to sit at a desk all day but are encouraged to follow their individual interests while they learn. I appreciate that the school is smaller in size and more like an extended family, even teachers that are not ours are familiar with our kids and their personalities and needs. I also appreciate that children are taught mutual respect between classmates and with adults, manners are reinforced and kindness is the key theme that carries across schoolwork and playtime. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a caring, intimate and nurturing environment that also does an equally excellent job at providing a place where children enjoy learning.

The SHMS family has been instrumental in the personal and educational development of my three children. I can’t speak highly enough about the overall educational and social teachings the school provides to the children. The staff is very caring and I have witnessed firsthand how the children thrive on the personal enrichment that is given to each child.

The team at SHMS was like a second family for my children. The atmosphere was fun, caring and fostered academic, personal, social growth and development. The Montessori education allowed my children to learn at their own pace and by the time they entered Kindergarten they were much further along than many of their peers. My children looked forward to school every day.

Our 3-year old daughter attends Somerset Hills Montessori School. The school is truly a “home away from home” for her. The teachers are exceptional and the personalized attention that she gets is unmatched. We’ve seen growth in her vocabulary and learning more everyday. We are so grateful to have found this school and truly appreciate everything the teachers are doing for her each and everyday.

This is an amazing group of genuine caring women who go above and beyond on a daily basis. The school operates like a ballet without a beat missed. I am truly grateful to have each one of these women in my son’s life and mine! It is a wonderful thing knowing my son is growing and learning in trusting and loving hands. I love SHMS!

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