About the School

Montessori School of Central Vermont began as the Montessori Project in September 1999 when a group of seven children began working together with Shama Minwalla serving as their Montessori guide. The Project became Center School Montessori when Center School Playgroup, Inc., a 30 year-old parent cooperative preschool and childcare organization, adopted it in the spring of 2000.

Audio: Michael describes the difference between Montessori and a typical pre-school.

In the spring of 2001, Kathleen Poole assumed responsibility for the program and guided the school to full enrollment with a waiting list the following year. The school’s overwhelming success and regular requests from parents for the establishment of a Montessori elementary program prompted the school’s expansion in the fall of 2005.

Montpelier Montessori School opened with twelve 3 and 4 year olds in an office space on Spring Street in Montpelier and grew to almost 35 children in 2006. With this extraordinary growth, the school moved to its current location at Karl Circle in Berlin, just east of Montpelier along US Rte 2. In 2012 Kristen Martin became Head of School and the Montessori trained faculty has grown to meet the needs of all of the children we serve.

With growing interest from the community for an elementary program the Montessori started its Elementary Program with a first and second grade class in 2010. Our Elementary Program now serves children grades 1-6.

Montessori School of Central Vermont continues to refine its practice of Montessori principles as it expands its services to the children. In the Fall of 2015 we are excited to begin providing care for younger members of the community when the Montessori School of Central Vermont will be opening a Toddler Community Program for children ages 18-36months.

Audio: Kristen talks about her role as observer in the classroom