Welcome to the 2020-21 school year!

This year marks our 48th year of offering authentic Montessori education to children in the Madison area. In an era marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed innovative programs to serve children preschool (age 2 1/2) through 8th grade in a way that lives up to our mission: Respecting children and their natural joy of discovery.

Our Children’s House communities, serving ages 2 1/2 – 6, offer AMI Montessori education at our beautiful Middleton location, as well as Learning from Home for families not yet comfortable or able to be in person. Our Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 3-6) and Adolescent (grades 7-8) students will begin the year combining virtual lessons with outdoor, in-person Learning Out in local parks twice a week. At MCMS, we know learning has no boundaries, and this unique year provides us with opportunities to explore our natural environment, exercise creativity, and grow in our commitment to our community.

Montessori Education at MCMS

Madison Community Montessori School was founded as a non-profit, AMI accredited school (Association Montessori Internationale) and has served families from the greater Madison area since 1972.  Throughout the years our goal has been to provide the very best in Montessori education.

For a general overview of Montessori education, see our overview of the Montessori Method.


Philosophy & Mission

We view the Montessori approach to education as a true “aid to life” where each child is given freedom with limitations, in a structured, prepared environment, to experience the joys of learning and to discover his/her own potential.

Our mission at MCMS: respecting children and their natural joy of discovery.

Independence is a necessity if the child’s drive to develop is to be realized.”

—  Maria Montessori, Childhood to Adolescence