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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 152 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,940
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Year Founded
1963
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
152 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Cambridge Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
90%
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by program. Financial aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
20%
Acceptance Rate
50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Debra Smith

School Calendar

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School Notes

  • Our Mission
  • At Cambridge Montessori School, we partner with our diverse community, using authentic Montessori principles, to reveal each child`s innate love of learning and prepare our children to thrive in a complex world.
  • 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-one months through grade 8 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.CMS seeks to educate the whole child, applying the Montessori philosophy, in a family-oriented environment.
  • Our Sustainability Mission
  • Cambridge Montessori School fosters a sustainable relationship to the global environment by linking knowledge, inquiry and action, enabling current generations to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs and building a future that supports all life on our planet.
  • Our Diversity Statement
  • We hold diversity itself as a value and nurture awareness of the global community by welcoming people of differing races, cultures, genders, ages, abilities, languages, economic and social backgrounds, political beliefs and religions, family styles, nationalities and sexual orientations into a safe, accepting and respectful environment where we learn together, honoring and embracing our humanity.
  • Statement of Non-Discrimination
  • CMS is a non-sectarian institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national or cultural origin, sexual orientation, family style, political belief, or disability in the administration of its admissions, financial assistance, education or employment practices.
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
5  
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this very special school. Our two children when to this school from ages 4-12 years, and each had a different, but equally fantastic experience. From the very first day, our children loved going to school in the morning and threw themselves into each experience that they encountered, whether it was singing songs in the morning rituals as a pre-kindergartener, starting on a group project in elementary school, or their work with the traditional materials that the Montessori method is known for. The teachers followed them with whatever interests they had, while also making sure they achieved the skills they would need at their grade level. They each moved on to very competitive middle school and high school environments with confidence and a love of learning. The administration and teachers embodied the kindness and commitment to peace that we need so much more of in the world.
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5  
An amazing school that has given both of my children incredible confidence. My eldest went through the primary and elementary program and now attends Phillips Exeter. My youngest went through toddler, primary and is in elementary now. My kids are both so self-directed and this unique version of Montessori has given them the ability to move ideas into the world at will. So proud to be a member of this great community!!
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5  
Cambridge Montessori School is a timeless masterpiece that never fails to unite the child with their love of learning! That is simply a priceless gift! Seems like every local public or private school in and around the Cambridge area strive for a collaborative, diverse, communicative, and transformative environment. I hear these words a lot and I think, "these are powerful words...what parent doesn't want these experiences and values infused in their children's' education?" But they are words, and too often words with no tangible execution. Cambridge Montessori School (or CMS as I call it) is ahead of the curve in countless ways, and other schools in the area will be wise to observe and take note of how Montessori education puts these goals (or words) into action. If I could go back and do it all over again, I'd go to CMS! Put your goals into action and check out this school.
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5  
I am the proud parent of a CMS student in his 4th year with the school. As a toddler, he entered with very few verbal skills and has grown to be a happy and productive kindergartener. He runs to the red room with joy each and every school day and I thank the school for how they have embraced and shaped my child.
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5  
This school is wonderful. Our oldest son attended another private school in the neighborhood after kindergarten at CMS since the school did not extend to elementary and middle school back then. Luckily, our twins now have the opportunity to stay through 8th grade in a classroom environment, which continuously builds upon their individual talents and development stages. Our kids literally run to school every morning, eagerly anticipating every facet of their school day! We are convinced that this enthusiasm for learning is the biggest gift we can give them for their future.
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5  
Cambridge Montessori School embraced both of my children and placed them at the center of the learning experience. They love going to this school and their CMS experience has taught them to love learning. My second grader interacts with adults gracefully and articulately because of the skills and confidence this schooling experience has given her. CMS has an advanced music, art, and drama offering and the teachers encourage academic excellence. I would recommend CMS to any parent looking for a school that supports a curriculum that encourages independence and confidence in addition to accelerated learning.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 152 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $31,940
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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