The Apple Montessori Schools of New Jersey have set new standards in early childhood and elementary education since Jane Bailey founded the first school in 1971. Apple Montessori Schools currently include 16 preschools and 1 elementary school in locations throughout New Jersey, allowing children across the state access to the highly successful Montessori education system. Nearly all of the children learning at Apple Montessori Schools score in the top 10 percent nationally. The Apple Montessori Schools were the first schools in northern New Jersey to use the Montessori educational approach. Montessori schools emphasize natural development and independence within a carefully constructed learning environment. Several traits are vital to the Montessori approach, including mixed-age classrooms and a discovery model of teaching that forgoes traditional direct instruction, allowing students to choose activities from a set of options, with uninterrupted blocks of work time and using various special educational materials developed by the creator of the approach, Italian educator and physician Maria Montessori. In addition to their infant, toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary classes, the Apple Montessori Schools offer several other programs. Extracurricular programs are available after school hours, including karate, dance, soccer, chess, ceramics, gymnastics, piano, and academic enrichment. Apple Montessori Schools’ Summer Camp program offers children ages 2 to 12 a variety of activities in science and nature, aquatics, cooking, music and dance, arts and crafts, and academics. One thing that sets Apple Montessori Schools apart from other Montessori schools is the FasTracKids program. This program is available for children between ages 3 and 6 and uses a synergistic computer-learning experience to enhance the normal Montessori educational experience greatly. FasTracKids boasts potential gains in children’s intelligence quotient (IQ) scores, very high success rates for students transitioning into high-achieving private and public schools, and extra development of basic knowledge and communications skills.