Make a donation to the Ray of Light Fund


’More Than a School’

Westmont’s commitment to educating children who
become responsible and caring adults goes far beyond
our classroom. We partner with our parents and our
community to assure that all students have the support
and resources they need to succeed in school and in
life – there is no better partnership.

Parent Involvement

The history of our school is closely linked to the commitment of our parents, and our ongoing success is attributed in great part to our parent/school partnership.

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” Jane D. Hull


The Westmont Parent Organization (WPO) is a parent volunteer group created to encourage a strong and enriching support system for parents, staff, and children of our school and to connect with each other as a community.

For more information, please contact Colleen Thomas or Caitlin Panico at the following email address:


Each class has a room parent, who organizes class teas, events, and coordinates volunteers for the classrooms and school wide events. Parents are also involved driving on field trips, reading to their child’s class, helping with special celebrations, organizing bake sales, and celebrating their teachers.


Our Celebration of Children is our annual fundraising event. We come together to celebrate our children and their one-of-a-kind creations. It is with the help of our remarkable parent volunteers that we can hold such a successful night every year.



Annual Celebration of Children (CoC) Fundraiser

The Celebration of Children (COC) It is a tradition that has been cherished for more than 3 decades and it is our pleasure to announce it once again. The 35th Celebration of Children event will be held on Friday, April 26th, 6 pm, at the Roxiticus Golf Club.

This event, as is tradition, will provide a live auction of our beautiful one-of-a-kind ceramics, an avant ‘guard schoolwide furniture piece, and wall art created and decorated by our children, parent volunteers, and our artist in residence, Ms. Vicki.

Please join us as we gather to celebrate our children and our community.

For more information and ticket purchases, please contact Stephanie Rizzuto, 

Thank you all for your unwavering support! 

An Evening of Wine Tasting

The Westmont Wine Tasting event was held on November 3, 2023 and featured a variety of wines from 56 Degree Wine / Banville Wines and delicious bites prepared by the Black Oak Golf Club. A heartfelt thank you to our Westmont Parent Organization (WPO) volunteers who planned this delightful event.


Community Partnerships

Westmont is committed to the communities and families it serves, not only offering a quality early childhood education, but also supporting local organizations that seek to improve the quality of life for families. We have proudly supported the Jason K. Jacobs Scholarship Fund, Preschool Advantage, The Mendham Chester Food Pantry, Holly Manor, Mendham Harvest Hustle, local sports sponsorship, Tunes for Thomas-Valery Fund, Pennies for Peace, Morris County 4-H, and many more.


Parent Education Series

Throughout the year we offer opportunities for parents to learn more about Montessori, health and wellness, and general parenting topics. The presentations, workshops, and events for our parents may be offered on-campus or virtual. Please click here for the Parent Education Calendar.



Westmont’s culture of giving and giving back is what keeps our school moving forward.  Our mission to develop capable people by providing the best educational foundation possible is supported and sustained by the generosity of our community. Our Ray of Light Annual Fund is instrumental in maintaining a strong and experienced Montessori faculty, a rich and diverse curriculum, a safe and attractive facility and an education worthy of Dr. Maria Montessori’s legacy “to educate the human potential”.

Dr. Maria Montessori said it well "This is our mission: to cast a ray of light and pass it on." This is the goal of the Ray of Light fund. It is an annual campaign to give back to the school to enrich our children so that it may continue to be a ray of light for children for many years to come.

This year’s Ray of Light campaign goal, through your generous donations, is to add STEM and Engineering materials to your child’s outdoor classroom, provide for a Toddler Digger, support the scholarship/financial fund, and provide for professional development for faculty and staff. Past initiatives have included the outdoor classroom, the outdoor classroom awning, the outdoor classroom heaters.

We are grateful for all small and large donations.

Make a donation to the Ray of Light Fund

“The Jason K. Jacobs Early Childhood Education Scholarship does more than celebrate the life of a man who is dearly missed… it celebrates the life of a child who can impact tomorrow.” The cost of providing your children with a quality education may be a strain on a family’s budget. Over the years, Westmont has shown a true commitment in helping eligible families reduce the cost of tuition with the support of scholarship funds. This need-based partial financial support, established in 2004, in memory of Jason K. Jacobs, father to a Westmont alumni and a victim of the September 11, 2001 tragedy, is a means to make a Montessori education accessible to families in need. For consideration, please contact Auris Vanderbilt, .


We love Westmont and feel so fortunate that our children are growing up in your environment. Westmont has been a gift to our boys.

- Amanda M.
The joy and smiles of our children strengthen our commitment to a Montessori early childhood education. Westmont, an accredited school with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and Middle States Association (MSA-CESS), stands as one of the premier Montessori schools in NJ. We welcome you to discover Westmont.