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Our History

Canton Montessori was founded in 1968 by a group of parents who wanted to provide a Montessori educational experience for their children. CMS was incorporated as a private, nonsectarian, non-profit preschool for children ages three to six. The school was affiliated with the American Montessori Society to ensure the maintaining of the highest Montessori standards. The original twenty families formed a self-perpetuating corporate body, hired a certified staff, equipped and rented a classroom in Woodland Elementary School, and equally divided the expense. This treasury, along with considerable volunteer work, paved the way for economic viability as well as educational success.

In the Fall of 1969, the school moved to a renovated private home on South Main Street in North Canton. Enrollment increased at a rapid rate. In 1971, the Association leased our present facility on 15th Street NW, a beautiful colonial home located on a landscaped wooded lot. Purchase was made possible in 1973 with monies from a parent-supported building fund.

The school has added several programs since its founding — 1978, the Extended Day Program for children in their Kindergarten year; in 1988, the Infant Program was inaugurated; in 1993, the Parent-Child Community Program was begun; and beginning with the 1999 school year, an Elementary Program became part of CMS offerings.

In 1987, the Board of Trustees launched “the Legacy of Learning Project.” Its goal was to free the school from the “bricks and mortar” concerns in order to commit its energies to greater involvement in the community. Thanks to the generosity of the community foundations, friends, alumnae, staff, and the 100% parent support of CMS, over $600,000 was raised to completely renovate the Children’s House and build an addition for the Toddler and Infant Programs and Administrative offices

Enthusiastic support by the parent body has been the cornerstone of the school’s existence. Through active participation on school committees and in many other ways, parents work together to build a quality program for their children. The product is an excellent community venture and service to our children. It is a fitting reward for those who have been a part of Canton Montessori School.