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9 : 1
student to teacher ratio. We believe every child should be seen, heard, and attended to.
students of color. We believe diversity is an important aspect of our school environment.
of students receive financial aid. We believe everyone deserves a quality education.

What makes EACMSI different?

At The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca we prepare children for leadership in an equitable, just and peaceful world. We are committed to transforming the world through the education of children and continuously reevaluate our practice to meet the ever unfolding demands of the future.

Peace curriculum

We teach children to advocate for themselves and others, to speak the truth from their hearts and to value the perspectives of others. We center community and relationships above all else and nurture both with care and vigilance.

Every day, EACMSI students:

Probe deeply.
Think critically.
Work collaboratively.
Communicate respectfully.

Our community

We aim to build a community where difference is recognized and celebrated, not just tolerated, and inclusion rather than assimilation is the goal. Our intention is to create a community that affirms each individual’s identity so that they may be a full participant in every experience offered.

Ages 3 – 14

Not many schools begin with a three year old and grow them into adolescence. Ours is a responsive environment that adapts to the changing developmental needs of each age while providing the specific matter necessary to nourish each being along the way.

Learn by doing

There is nothing passive going on at EAC! Whether digging for fossils, planting seeds, conducting experiments, or creating presentations, EAC students are active participants in the construction of knowledge.

Full STEAM ahead

Cornerstone elements of STEAM education are identical to elements of the Montessori Method for over 100 years. Hands-on, personalized, and project-based learning.

Classroom observations

The best way to get a sense of who we are and how we do things is to observe a classroom in action.


Montessori education: more than an alternative…


Our changing world requires a learning approach that is proven, grounded in science and flexible enough for children from all backgrounds to thrive with joy. Montessori schools create environments that allow children to reach their full potential.

Apr 24 2020

Elizabeth Ann Clune Day

In 1998, the Montessori School of Ithaca was renamed the Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca, in honor of one of our most beloved students: Elizabeth Ann Clune.  As a three-year old, Elizabeth, a child with Down’s syndrome, had been a student in Andrea Blitzer Riddle’s pre-school classroom.  In contrast with special education practices […]

May 4 2020

EAC Celebration of the Arts


Suggested attendance times: 5:30 to 6:30 - Primary and Extended Day 6:00 to 7:00 - Junior Level and Upper Level 6:30 to 7:30 - Upper level and Middle School Volunteers are needed for hanging the show, set up and clean up.

May 14 2020

Spring Concert


All our students are considered musicians, and many of them will be performing at our Spring Concert in our ABR Center for Music, Movement, and Art. All Junior Level “Lions,” Upper Level, and Middle School students will be participating and should arrive at school by 6:20PM that evening. Concert attire is white tops and black […]

The mission of Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca is to prepare children for leadership in an equitable, just, and peaceful world.

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