Our Montessori roots date to 1964 with an informal beginning on the side porch of Pat and Larry Schaefer’s home in Norwalk. Our school was then known as The Child’s Work Center, serving Primary children. By 1965/66 we had grown to 25 families. By 1975 we operated out of two locations (Norwalk and Wilton). In 1979, we merged with The Norwalk Day Nursery, a facility founded in 1909 to care for children of parents working outside the home. With this merger, our school inherited a third location (a home on Golden Hill Street in Norwalk), assets earmarked for a building to consolidate all of our programs and a commitment to serving children of working parents (Early Morning and Late Day).
In 1988, through the commitment of our Board and generosity of a few families to purchase the property - we consolidated our three locations to our current site in Wilton and became The Montessori School. Within a few years, our school was filled with children, from Toddler through Upper Elementary.
Our first 6th Year Class graduated in 1991, and in September 2004 we inaugurated our Montessori Middle School with a charter class of ten 7th Years. Our Middle School is currently located on Lois Street in Norwalk, and in the ten years since its founding, we’ve graduated over one hundred 8th Years! Our alumni now number in the thousands. Our school has grown and blossomed through the years, now numbering more than 230 students from Toddler through 8th Year, coming to us from more than 20 area towns.
We welcome children from diverse communities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, races and cultures, and enjoy active family participation in the life and health of our community. We are a private tuition-based independent school with a comprehensive program of tuition assistance in cases of financial need. With a commitment to quality Montessori education for 50 years, we remain steadfast to the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale and to our mission. The Montessori School is accredited by both the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).