About Us

Welcome to a one-of-a-kind, exceptional early childhood school.

Carriage Barn Academy is inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning along with the best of Montessori Methods.  The student-centered curriculum will encompass Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), incorporating the project-based approach to early childhood learning.

A detailed description of our philosophy and curriculum can be found here.

About Us

Our Approach

CBA is a private, academic, early childhood center for children who are ages 3 to 6 years old.
Our curriculum is STEAM based - which includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Our philosophy encompasses both the Montessori Method and Reggio Emilia Approach to Learning.
Core Values
Special curriculum themes include Mindfulness, Mental Health, and Positive Self-Image.
We provide children an integrated, hands-on learning experience, tailored to each age group and ability.
Our discovery-based lessons are student-driven and integrated throughout the curriculum.
About Us

Our Faculty

Dr. Chris Simrell-Fryer
has over 25 years of experience in early childhood teaching in NEPA schools.  She has served as Marywood University’s Education Department Chairperson as well as Associate Clinical Professor in the Early Childhood Program. She believes that it is most important to instill a love of learning in her students at an early age by providing authentic, interactive experiences in all areas of the curriculum.
Ms. Leanne McManus
earned her teaching degree from Marywood University. She is a certified early-childhood teacher with multiple years of Montessori experience. Her philosophy includes meaningful, hands-on experiences, bringing nature into the classroom and encouraging creativity through the arts.
Ms. Samantha Haack
is a recent graduate of Marywood University. She has her certification in Early Childhood and Special Education, and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Reading Education. As a teacher, her focus is to facilitate cooperative and authentic learning, as students explore their world through the different subjects.

About Us

Our Building

• Carriage Barn Academy is housed in a 5,000 square foot historic Carriage House in Scranton’s lower hill section, minutes from I-81 and the Scranton Expressway.
• This one-of-a-kind setting offers a dedicated Science Lab, “STEAM” Classroom, Reggio Atelier (art studio), and NEPA Nature Classroom.
• CBA stocks a fully-functioning Cooking Corner for thematic snacks and tasty food experiments that compliment and enhance the curriculum.
• An outside covered deck for outdoor discovery and play includes a water table, weather station, seating area, and science activities
• The school offers historic elements, exquisite details, rich textures, and architectural colors.
• Outside areas will include a natural playground and gardening areas where children can plant and harvest.
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