About North Pittsburgh Children's House 

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A typical day at NPCH begins with the children organizing their bags, outer garments and lunches, before slipping into their slippers to begin the “Group” session.  “Group” serves the crucial function of marking the beginning of each session.  It is a time for each child to assemble as part of the bigger class to sit quietly and listen.  It represents the transition from each child’s busy life outside of the school, to becoming a member of a collective Montessori Community.


The Lunch Room. Perfectly sized stools and chairs pepper the Lunch Room for lively chatter.  It is a social highlight of the day that is fully anticipated by the children.  Full-Day students enjoy lunch together every day.  Morning children are always welcome to join us! 

The Lunch Room

As Spring approaches, NPCH hosts a large number of Painted Lady chrysalises in a special chamber in the school.  The children enthusiastically observe the subtle changes in these budding butterflies each day.  A great anticipation builds for the unforgettable day when the Kindergarten children release the butterflies into the world, just as they will be released into the world as First Graders.

Butterfly Release

During the summer, NPCH offers a program for current students and alumni of the school.  The children spend the mornings in a relaxed academic atmosphere and spend the afternoons outside playing water games, basketball and soccer.  NPCH summer afternoons offer friends and siblings the chance for socializing and free play.  It’s a lovely opportunity for students of all ages.

Summer at NPCH

Following Group, the children begin a 2-hour "Work" period.  During this time, they receive individual and group lessons and are free to choose appropriate Montessori Work.  At the conclusion of the Work period, the children collectively clean up the classroom and then gather again for Group dismissal.

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The large, fenced-in playground with its beautiful gazebo, merry-go-round and ball field, provide a safe setting for discovery and fun after the morning and full day sessions. 

The Playground

There are many treasured traditions at NPCH that will become rich, joyful memories for your child.  For example, snack takes on a whole new meaning at NPCH.  In order to enjoy a snack, the child completes a six-step “handwashing procedure.”  It’s worth every minute of preparation and the children look forward to it.  It’s a nice break for the children – twice a day -- to socialize with a couple of other friends at a time in a special snack area.  These wholesome snacks are provided by the school and are also donated by generous parents.


Each Thanksgiving, the students celebrate by having The Feast at NPCH.  Several days leading up to the holiday, the children study our early ancestors and make crafts and hats to represent the Pilgrims and the Indigenous People.  The school becomes full of energy on the day of The Feast as the children enjoy eating together as our ancestors did. 

The Feast

5031 Oakview Drive 

Gibsonia, PA 15044

Tel: 724-444-0480