The children of the school are very young and it is important for them to have quick and easy access to their parents. Our central downtown location makes it easy for most parents to come quickly when their children are ill or distressed. EWMS parents often stop in for lunch, drive for field trips, or rearrange their schedules so they can work in the classroom one morning on a regular basis.

One of Delaware’s last surviving large school buildings from the mid-19th century, the Elementary Workshop building is on the National Register of Historic Places.


From North of Wilmington: From I-95 south take the 4th Street Exit Turn left on to 4th Street Follow 4th Street past McDonald’s past Del Tech Community College and the Public Safety Bldg. (4th & Walnut) Pine Street will be three streets up turn left on to Pine Street Elementary Workshop is on your right at 502 Pine Street. Parking is available in front of the school and church. If that is full, you may park on 5th Street in front of the playground by driving around the block (3 right turns).

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There are many aspects of the Elementary Workshop Montessori School that make us special. First and foremost, we are a Parent Co-op. Our families pitch in on everything from painting to fundraising. Parents help out on projects, in the classrooms, and library, and on field trips. Having Moms, Dads, and other significant adults play such an important role in their school helps children learn the value of education, and keeps the school and home connection strong.

Children at EWMS wear slippers during their work time. This keeps them comfortable as they work, keeps the school quieter so they can work, and keeps it cleaner so they can work in a beautiful environment.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果

Most Fridays the entire school body congregates for an assembly. Assembly topics vary from Pedestrian Safety to show cats to judo. Guest speakers have included visitors from foreign countries, experts in carving, and students from the school sharing their work and projects. Assemblies are an opportunity to share a song and learn something all together.

At the end of May and just into June, the children in EII pack up and go to Cape Henlopen for three days of classes at the Nature Center, and lots of time cooking together, spending time at the beach, and generally bonding before the long summer break. The children in EI spend one night at Cape Henlopen at the end of the week after the EII group returns.

Our school celebrates holidays from a traditional and ethnic perspective rather than a religious one. To enhance our educational program, we welcome parents and children to share their celebrations with their classes. Typically our holiday celebrations are observed through special food, stories, songs, and art projects. We seek to avoid the over-commercialization of holidays and focus instead on their true meaning and the sharing with others. We invite our parents and siblings to dress up and join us on Halloween Morning, for example, when we have a parade in the neighborhood, followed by a celebratory circle at which we can see each other’s costumes, and then booths staffed by parents and students for everything from donuts-on-a-string to hand painting. It’s a fun way to learn about and participate in a traditional American children’s celebration.


EWMS History and Philosophy

The Elementary Workshop Montessori School is accredited by both the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

In the Beginning

Since its founding by Lillian A. Shah and Penny Contractor in 1971, the Elementary Workshop Montessori School has grown from a small class of 28 students housed in St. Mary’s rectory to abo

“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果ut 75 children using the spacious and well-equipped three-story building we show off with pride. The present school is

the result of the work and love of many parents, teachers, friends, board members, and students who have planned, carried, painted, collected, and created the ELEMENTARY WORKSHOP MONTESSORI SCHOOL. EWMS is our school in a way few other schools can be – ours because our dreams and frustrations, our work and laughter, our pride and our hearts are built into every inch of it.

Vision Statement


The Elementary Workshop Montessori School’s vision is to develop life-long learners who:

Are self-directed

Can live confidently in a continuously changing world

Are armed with knowledge and problem-solving skills

Are able to address new challenges with true creativity

Are caring and sensitive toward others

Will honor their obligations as world citizens

Guiding Principles

We are guided by the Montessori philosophy and methods to:

Free the child’s potential for self-development through increasingly complex sensory, motor, and intellectual activities;

Stimulate the child’s development through individual tasks and communal activities in a multi-age environment;

Guide each child’s learning based on a child’s innate readiness for physical, mental, emotional, and social development;

Provide an environment that protects the learning process, promotes creativity, encourages self-discipline, and prepares the child for abstract intellectual decisions.
We foster close connections between the learning environment and home. Parent involvement is achieved through informal education, parent-staff cooperation, patent participation in Elementary Workshop activities, and by encouraging the use of Montessori methods at home.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果
We advocate educational excellence, employing an experienced, highly trained, sensitive and responsive staff. We respect the high calling of working with children and give full support to our staff.
We openly seek and honor ethnic, cultural, religious, and economic diversity in the life of the Elementary Workshop family and in the global nature of the environment.
We offer a safe and comfortable learning environment at a location easily accessible to diverse populations in the surrounding urban and suburban communities.

EWMS Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of the Elementary Workshop Montessori School is to provide the highest quality education in a diverse, cohesive academic environment. In the Montessori tradition, we foster each child’s joy in learning and enable each child’s fullest development.

Young children have an intense desire to learn and they have an unusual ability to absorb and learn from their environment. The school must foster what is natural, unique, and authentic in children. Since the best preparation for being a happy and useful adult is to live fully as a child, the school must be a community where children can exist first and foremost as children and not as future adults.“Elementary Workshop Montessori School”的图片搜索结果

At the Elementary Workshop Montessori School, we assume the responsibility for finding the most effective ways to teach young children. This requires us to understand them, to know what is of vital interest to them, and to be aware of their many different ways of learning. It also means that we like them and always view them in a positive light. If quality education is to become a priority, it is important to provide good models, and over the years the Elementary Workshop Montessori School has gained recognition as an outstanding educational and teacher training center. Children are educated well here. They are at ease. As they explore and learn and make mistakes, their dignity remains intact. Pleasant and childlike, they grow and bloom in this extraordinarily right place we have made for them.