Every choice we make, as parents and educators, is an opportunity to give each of our students the tools to make their own choices for learning and for life.
At Greene Towne, guided by our teaching staff, students discover for themselves a purposeful, active, personal learning journey, with unlimited potential to realize a wonderful future. Our classrooms are thoughtfully prepared spaces, designed to encourage and grow hands-on self-directed learning. Filled with educational materials that engage and spark thinking, where learning is structured around uninterrupted time, and exploration can take its natural course. Greene Towne students go on to lead fulfilling lives, because they have the skills to constantly build their own learning, and make their choices come to life.
Greene Towne opened in the fall of 1966 at Saint Clement’s Church, founded by parents with the goal to grow a “racially, religiously, and economically integrated school.” Greene Towne Montessori has been an integral part of the fabric of the Center City neighborhood we call home, fostering a carefully considered learning environment for Philadelphia’s children.
Greene Towne School opens its doors to 25 students on the 3rd floor of St. Clements Church. For a small group of dedicated parents, it is the realization of a dream.Two founding parents, Portia Sperr and Maryanne Hunter, take the Montessori Early Childhood certification course at Ravenhill under Mother Isabel who brought Montessori training to Philadelphia while founding parents Kaki Kriebel and Jane Unkefer run the office.
Portia Sperr and Mary Anne Hunter leave Greene Towne to found The Please Touch Museum, based on the hands-on, experiential learning experience provided by the Montessori classroom environment.
The first fundraising auction, benefitting tuition assistance, is held. Greene Towne still offers financial aid today.
Greene Towne has a new home to call our own at 2121 Arch Street. After two years of fundraising, planning, and construction, the new Greene Towne opens in September, welcoming 3 returning classes and 1 new class for 3 to 6-year-olds.
Greene Towne expands to a neighboring property at 2215 Arch Street, now known as West Campus, establishing the Toddler House with two toddler environments.
Greene Towne receives a first time 10 year accreditation from the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools and the American Montessori Society.
Greene Towne celebrates 50 years!
A Flock of ThunderbirdsRead More
Share Your Review of Greene TowneRead More
Two Items in “Thursday” Folders This WeekRead More
MLK Day of Service: Save Your Shoeboxes!Read More
Did You Know About The Trauma Club at 2121 Arch?Read More