Preschool Kindergarten Elementary School
The Growing Concern School is a Montessori preschool & kindergarten, and private elementary school located in Tannersville, Pennsylvania. Although we are a private school, we are a non-profit organization licensed by the PA Department of Education. We have been using the Montessori method of educating children from Preschool and Kindergarten through Elementary for more than 35 years.
Areas Served by the School
The Growing Concern School serves the Pocono Mountain Region of Northeast Pennsylvania including Monroe County, Pike County, Carbon County, and Northampton County. The school is also a short drive from the Lehigh Valley and Western New Jersey.
Elementary and kindergarten students living in some areas of Northeastern PA are eligible for transportation from their school district. The Pocono Mountain, Stroudsburg, East Stroudsburg, and Pleasant Valley School Districts currently provide transportation.
Mission Statement of the School
Our mission is to provide an educational experience that will meet the children’s individual needs and help them develop cooperative relationships, responsibility for themselves, and sensitivity toward others. We feel successful when the children exhibit: creativity and self-confidence, joy and consideration, initiative and competence, knowledge, and a love of learning. Every attempt is made to nurture the child’s spiritual and intellectual needs within a caring community. The broadest and best education for our children is accomplished when the sense of community fostered in the classroom is extended to embrace each child’s family. The child’s experience is more fully integrated as staff and parents work together to form a sense of community and support for one another.
A Brief History of the School
More than thirty years ago a group of like-minded parents and educators discussed ideas for a better way to educate their children. They desired a holistic approach, agreeing on the importance of not only academic but emotional and social growth as well. The Growing Concern Private Montessori School was born out of these meetings. A space was located and rented in the Jackson Township Municipal Building, and the school officially opened its doors to the public in September of 1978. Barbara and David Gumpper along with Deborah Forrester were instrumental in the early success of the school. For ten years the Growing Concern continued to grow at its original location. In 1988 the doors to a beautiful newly-built school were opened, offering spacious classrooms and an idyllic location. Barbara and David continued to administrate and teach at the school, and though now retired they are still involved in its nurturing.
The Growing Concern Private Montessori School has proudly served the Pocono Mountain community for the past thirty years with a unique and exceptional alternative to other educational options. Hundreds of children in the area have had the opportunity to enjoy the school’s special Montessori environment and approach to education.
The present staff is a congenial, dedicated group of educators and administrators, some of whom have worked at the school for over 20 years.
The Growing Concern is a tax-exempt, non-profit educational organization. We are not affiliated with, or subsidized by, any religious organization.
To learn more about how principles of Montessori education are practiced at the Growing Concern, please see About Montessori.