Cambridge Montessori School

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Mission Statement: 

Our Mission
Cambridge Montessori School encourages independent, self-directed learning for life in a child-centered, international community valuing peace, respect for others and pride in individual differences.

Our Philosophy
Cambridge Montessori School was founded in 1963 to foster a love of learning and to educate children to be caring, socially responsible citizens of their community and world. The educational and supplemental care programs at CMS involve children from twenty-four months through fifteen years of age in four different programs: Toddler, Primary  Elementary and Middle School. CMS seeks to educate the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy, in a family-oriented environment. The philosophy is based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952) whose holistic vision of education focuses on the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of the child. For Dr. Montessori, and for CMS, education is preparation for life.

Toddler Program Overview
The Toddler program, for children 2 years and up, takes advantage of the toddler’s natural drive to act independently. Learning to care for themselves – washing hands, putting on jackets – and do it themselves is an important part of the toddlers’ work. In this language-rich environment, teachers support and guide toddlers as they explore order and disorder, and refine their emerging motor skills. Outdoor play is part of the daily routine.

Toddler exercises and activities recognize that children learn by doing. Classroom materials are always accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. Activities are changed regularly in response to children’s need for variety and challenge as they grow and learn. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school. Toddlers come to school five days a week, and may choose to stay for just mornings or a full day. After their Toddler year, children join our Primary program.

Primary Program Overview
The Primary program is for children from 3 to 6 years. In this mixed-age environment children spend three years in the same classroom getting to know each other and their teachers well. The continuity of returning to the same room each year makes for a strong classroom community, for children and parents alike.

Primary children learn by doing. The classroom, where everything is just their size, is full of beautiful things. The concrete materials let children explore the world through their senses, through touch and motion, and by observing and engaging with others. Teachers guide students through the curriculum as children are ready for each new challenge, introducing lessons and then letting children practice what they have learned. As children grow, the classroom materials grow with them in the sense that older children use the materials to explore curriculum in new and deeper ways.

The 3-6 year old goes through an intense period of change, including the transition to cooperative play and more complex social interactions, a language explosion leading to beginning skills in writing and reading, the emergence of number sense and the foundations of math, and great changes in physical development. The Montessori teacher responds to these changes in social and emotional, cognitive, and physical development with appropriate lessons to support each child’s growth and emerging capabilities. Primary children come to school five days a week, and may choose to stay for just mornings or a full day. Kindergarteners enjoy a full day of school.

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Parental involvement: 

Welcome to Family and School Together - a partnership at Cambridge Montessori School.  The FAST Program was created by the school and parents to enhance our sense of community and support our children and school.  This flexible committee structure allows you to get involved as much as you want, when you want.

Welcoming New Families
Host Families welcome new families into the CMS community and serve as a wonderful resource for families and students throughout the year. Being a host is a great way to meet other parents and children.

Volunteer activities take place throughout the year. Involvement requires making a phone call in the spring to your new family and attendance at the new family picnic in the spring.

Source: School Website/Promotional Material

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Hours Open:

Open: 8:00 AM Close: 6:00 PM
Preschool Schedule
Age Range Hours Days per week TuitionTeacher/Student Ratio
2.00 - 3.008:30 AM - 12:00 PM520500.00 - 0:0
2.00 - 3.008:30 AM - 3:00 PM525750.00 - 0:0
3.00 - 6.008:00 AM - 12:00 PM529000.00 - 0:0
3.00 - 6.008:00 AM - 3:00 PM524750.00 - 0:0
School year: 2017-18


There is an extended day program from 7:30 AM to 6 PM.

A Cambridge Montessori School education is an investment in your child’s future. It is also a significant financial investment. Our financial aid program provides need-based tuition assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to attend Cambridge Montessori School.

No student should be deterred by financial reasons from applying to Cambridge Montessori. Parents who require aid are encouraged to apply for an award. The school does require that the recipients fully merit their grants by their cooperative spirit and positive approach to every aspect of their school involvement.

Financial aid decisions are made independently of admissions decisions. The financial aid program is open to students of any race, creed and national or ethnic origin.

FAST financial aid applications must be completed online by January 15

Source: School Website/Promotional Material

Educational Approach:

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Birthday cut-off: 

September 1


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Admission Process: 

To be considered for admission, families must complete these steps:

  • The School Visit: Parents observe a classroom in session and have an informational tour of the entire program. Visits include time to speak with the Admissions staff.
  • The Application: Completed applications, including records for current and former schools, current School Evaluation Forms and a nonrefundable fee must be received by February 1.
  • The Interview: Elementary candidates participate in the program for which they are applying. While applicants visit the classroom, parents are interviewed by an Admissions representative. Younger candidates attend either small group or individual interviews with their parents.

Cambridge Montessori School seeks students who will thrive in our mixed-age environment that offers freedom of choice within limits and supports the development of autonomy, intellectual curiosity, and personal and social responsibility. Families are expected to work with the school in a spirit of collaboration that will support their child and the school’s mission. Families interested in making a long-term commitment to the school are given priority along with siblings of returning students and children with previous Montessori experience.

Admission decisions are mailed out early in March.

Source: School Website/Promotional Material

Application Fee: 
Application deadline: 
February 1
Student demographics

Source: 2016-17