Fast Facts

Get to Know Us


Founded by Aline and Gerald Wolf in 1961, our name was derived from the uniting of “Pennsylvania” and Montessori.” Penn-Mont was the first Montessori school in Pennsylvania and the third in the nation.

Learn more about the history of Penn-Mont Academy →

Our Facilities

Penn-Mont Academy has two locations:

Hollidaysburg –

Our main campus located in Hollidaysburg (built in 2001) spans across 5 acres. The 30,000 sq.ft, two-story school building is equipped with a large library, music and art rooms, a multi-purpose room, astronomy tower, three level-appropriate outdoor play areas, and a 2.5 acre nature inspired outdoor classroom with trails, pavilion, summer gardens, kite field, and several play areas.

Penn-Mont at Penn State Altoona –

Our Penn-Mont satellite facility is located on the campus of Penn State Altoona – Cypress Building – and offers enrollment to children ages 18 months to 6 years. Students enrolled in our toddler and preschool programs are children of Penn State Faculty, Staff, and Students as well as residents of the local community. Students are able to participate in the enriched offerings provided by Penn State Altoona including nature walks on campus and participation in special activities designed especially for our students by various campus offices.

School Structure

Penn-Mont Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-sectarian, private, Montessori school governed by a Board of Trustees.

Meet our Board of Trustees →

Diversity Statement

Penn-Mont Academy believes that educational excellence requires a diverse community. We are committed to a learning environment that fosters peace, embraces diversity and encourages a diverse population.

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Enrollment & Statistics


Current enrollment is approximately 272 students. We accept children 6 weeks through 12 years of age.

Student / Adult Ratio –
  • Infant (6 weeks – 18 mons):  Child to adult ratio is 4:1
  • Toddler (18 – 36 months):   Student to adult ratio is 5:1
  • Preschool (3-6 years, including Kindergarten):  Student to adult ratio is 10:1
  • Elementary (1st – 6th grades):  Student to adult ratio is 12:1

Financial Assistance Distribution

Approximately 24% of students receive financial assistance through scholarships. Scholarships are available for preschool through elementary.

Special Programming Offered

Special Classes-

All school age children (Kindergarten – 6th grade) receive Art, Music, Physical Education and Library.


All children (3 years – 12 years) receive Spanish instruction.

Before and After Care-

Before and after care is available for families with children enrolled at Penn-Mont. A yearly subscription plan is available, as well as a limited number of drop-in spots each day.

Summer Programs-

A nine-week summer enrichment program is offered.

After School Programs

Preschool After School-

Music enrichment for preschoolers is offered after regular school hours.

Elementary After School

• Chorus, Band, Orchestra
• Private Music Lessons (piano and other instruments)
• Yoga, Fencing, Arts, Crafts, Organized Games, Book Club & more!


Penn-Mont Academy Lead Teachers hold an American Montessori Society credential appropriate for the ages/levels they teach. Extensive post-graduate education in child development, Montessori curriculum and philosophy is required to be credentialed as a Montessori teacher.

Meet our Faculty Members→

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