How our school began…
Starting in one small rented room with borrowed equipment, The Montessori School was founded by a handful of parents in 1962. It began as the Suburban Child Study Group of Baltimore, an informal gathering of approximately seven couples who were in search of preschool programs at a time when kindergartens were not common. Having learned about the teaching of Dr. Maria Montessori and accepting it as the best method of education for their children, these enthusiastic parents decided to form their own preschool program.
With approximately 30 students, two new teachers and borrowed equipment from other Montessori schools, The Montessori Children’s House began in a single classroom at Har Sinai Congregation on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore. The class was more than successful during its summer debut, and the group was well on its way to developing a year-long program.
Now, fifty years later, with toddler, primary, elementary and middle school programs, our school has become one of the largest and most highly regarded independent Montessori schools in Maryland.
Click here for a timeline of our school’s history.
Capt. Isaac Emerson, the creator of Bromo Seltzer, raised prize dairy cattle on the farm that is now The Montessori School campus. The Montessori Society of Central Maryland purchased the property in 1977 after it was dormant for several decades. One by one, the barns that housed cows, tractors and farm equipment were renovated into beautiful Montessori classrooms. The silos, where once the feed for the cows was kept, are now lovely rooms in our library. The barn and part of the fenced area pictured above became our school’s main building and primary playground.