"We must help the child to act for himself, will for himself, think for himself; this is the art of those who aspire to serve the spirit."
-Dr. Maria Montessori


About Us

The History of Montessori Children's School

  • In 1971, Rita McElroy and a group of parents founded the Montessori Children's School in Westlake, Ohio. They opened the school with 37 students.
  • Throughout the decade, enrollment increased to over 100 students.
  • A third pre-primary class was added.
  • In 1981, the school moved to Bay Village and was renamed Bay Village Montessori School.
  • In 1987, programs were expanded to include music, art, spanish, and physical education.
  • In 1991, the Enrichment Care program opened for before and after school care.
  • Elementary school classroom opened to accomodate grades 1-5.
  • Toddler program was added to the school.
  • A fourth pre-primary classroom opened.
  • In 2003, the school moved back to Westlake and restored its original name of Montessori Children's School.
  • An afternoon pre-primary class was added.
  • In 2008, a new building was opened on campus, providing two new classrooms to the school.

Montessori Children's School Goals and Mission Statement

The Goals of Montessori Children's School:
  • To provide a warm, caring, family-oriented atmosphere that encourages children to develop and grow, both academically and personally, into responsible members of their community;
  • To develop Montessori programs with a solid academic foundation and encourage creativity beyond the foundation;
  • To cultivate the child's sense of self-worth and sense within the greater community.

The goals are accomplished by respecting each child's personality and uniqueness, and by trusting in the potential of each individual. These Montessori programs are the foundations of a successful educational alliance. It is through a cooperate atmosphere, in which students, teachers and parents work together as a team to achieve these goals at our Montessori school.

The Mission of Montessori Children's School:
  • To enrich the educational opportunity of the community by providing excellence in Montessori programs for children without regard to race, color, disability, ethnic, religious or national origin.

Montessori Childrens School is a non-profit, equal opportunity corporation governed by a Board of Directors. Our Montessori school currently provides safe, carefully prepared environments for students from 2 years to 9 years of age.


The Montessori Philosophy

The Montessori method is based upon the observations and discoveries of the first female Italian physician, Dr. Maria Montessori. Her philosophy nurtures in children the joy of learning at an early age. It provides a framework in which intellectual and social disciplines coexist. She believed that education is a lifelong process and it should be an aid to life. Her philosophy was that children learn at their own pace; they develop according to their own timetable. Their physical, emotional, psychic and intellectual parts are interrelated. Children must have freedom, within clearly defined limits, to develop their full potential. Our Montessori school provides children with a prepared learning environment that helps them to think, organize, and to observe. The prepared environment and the role of the teacher distinguish the Montessori programs from other educational approaches. This child-manageable environment allows children to work in an independent manner. The teacher functions as a guide, or directress, aiding children in their choice of developmentally appropriate learning materials.

28370 Bassett Road Westlake, Ohio 44145 phone: (440) 871-8773