A group of parents in Baltimore called the Suburban Child Study Group, shared an interest in learning more about the Montessori method of education. One of the parents, Hanna Gitter Hornstein, suggested they invite her mother, Lena Gitter, to speak to the group. Mrs. Gitter was a Montessori teacher and speaker, and a pioneer in the American Montessori movement. Inspired by Mrs. Gitter’s words, they set up an experimental Montessori summer program for preschoolers. The Montessori Children’s House began with thirty students, two new teachers and borrowed equipment from other Montessori schools, and was located in a single classroom at Har Sinai Congregation on Park Heights Avenue. The program was more than successful that summer, and the group was well on its way to developing a year-long program.
The Suburban Child Study Group became incorporated as The Montessori Society of Greater Baltimore, Inc. The Society purchased a small building at Liberty Heights Avenue that opened as a school later in the year.
A satellite campus, called Towson Children’s House, was opened in Towson. Towson Children’s House was added to accommodate The Montessori School’s growing number of toddlers. (The toddler program moved to the Emerson Farm Campus in 2008.)
The Society established its first Junior Class (what we now call Elementary) for ages 6 to 9.
MSCM purchased the Emerson Farm Dairy buildings and seven acres of property with plans to renovate and build an educational facility. In the fall, The Emerson Farm Children’s House opened to approximately 140 students. There were two classrooms for children ages six to twelve, and four classrooms for children ages two and one-half to six. The six classrooms were located on the first floor of the Main Building.
Two classrooms and the faculty office were opened on the second floor of the Main Building.
The Friedberg Building was renovated, and its two new classrooms opened in September. The renovation of this building was made possible by a generous donation from the Julius C. Friedberg, Jr. family.
The Little Barn renovations were completed, and added two more classrooms and a music room to the campus.
The center silo next to the Main Building was renovated to serve as part of the newly created library.
The renovation of the Multipurpose Building provided the school with several
essential additions including a stage, computer room, art room and one additional classroom.
Through a three-year capital campaign, two new classrooms opened, along with improved science and computer classrooms and a greenhouse. A modular
building was also purchased to house the Facilities Department.
The Maryland Center for Montessori Studies began offering a Primary (Early Childhood) Montessori teacher training program at Emerson Farm.
In August, the last two grain silos were renovated. One was converted into
additional library space and has been designated as the Story Gallery. The third and last silo, now called the Silo Gallery, has been renovated into a uniquely shaped meeting room that will also serve as an art gallery to showcase the work of local artists as well as our own students’ work.
Emerson Farm Middle School began in September with its Montessori-based two-year program for grades 7 and 8.
The Student Activity Center opened in the fall of 2007, providing a spacious middle school classroom, a foreign language classroom, state-of-the-art gymnasium and administrative offices.