Litchfield Montessori School

Established in 1972, Litchfield Montessori School offers an exceptional education to children 15 months through 12 years old who come from twenty surrounding communities.
Located on four acres in the Northfield section of Litchfield, the school is nestled in natural beauty, adjacent to a community park.
Designed by world-renowned architect Marcel Breuer, the building structure utilizes the flow of natural light and complements our classroom environments; richly prepared to meet the developing needs of the individual child.
We are committed to serving the whole child, guided by the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, dedicated to nurturing the child's love of learning, preserving the child's sense of wonder, encouraging independence and imagination, and fostering respect for our world's social and cultural diversity.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association Montessori International (AMI)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs Supportedmild learning differences
Year Founded1972

Student Body

Total Students77 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Litchfield Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$15,500
Tuition NotesTuition costs vary depending on the program enrolled in. The average is $15,550. Litchfield Montessori operates on a Variable Tuition Model based on demonstrated financial need.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorBetsy Johnson

School Notes

  • Our Mission: We are committed to serving the whole child, guided by the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, dedicated to nurturing the child`s love of learning, preserving the child`s sense of wonder, encouraging independence and fostering respect for our world`s social and cultural diversity.
  • Our History: 
  • The seeds of Litchfield Montessori School were planted by Mary Loyer, who moved to Litchfield with her family in the early 1970`s. Mary wanted her children to continue their Montessori education, but there weren`t any Montessori schools close by, so she decided to start her own. Mary had immediate success recruiting families by hosting curriculum sessions for parents, where she displayed Montessori materials and encouraged participants to experience the power of those materials for themselves.The first classroom was in a church basement, and from those small beginnings in 1972, our school has blossomed to welcome families from throughout the Litchfield Hills and Naugatuck Valley. In 1987, the school purchased the light, airy Marcel Breuer-designed building in Northfield (that used to house the Northfield Elementary School). Its rural location, adjacent to fields and woods, provides a natural learning environment that is easily accessible from each classroom.While the school has certainly grown in size since its humble beginnings, LMS remains small enough to have the ability to focus on each and every child. Our small community boasts a strong and loyal parent group who welcome and encourage the interests of new families. One of the ways the school becomes an incredible resource for new families is by offering educational programs for parents which help them understand the Montessori philosophy, as well as a general understanding of how young children learn and grow.
  • A Montessori Education at LMS:
  • The National Association of Independent Schools challenges educators to meet the needs of the 21st Century student. First and foremost on this list: students must be capable of analytical and creative thinking and problem solving. The Montessori curriculum is designed so that children work in a prepared environment with specially designed materials that allow them to explore concepts hands on. This method has been proven to be more effective at encouraging creative thinking and problem solving over other preschool and early education programs. Another critical skill is leadership: Montessori classrooms are designed to foster leadership and teamwork. Classes consist of mixed age groups where older children model behavior, demonstrate peaceful conflict resolution, work collaboratively with and provide support for their younger peers. These are just a few of the ways in which a Montessori education starts children on the road to success at a very early age, and ensures that they graduate with real world tools necessary for success both in and out of school.
  • To learn more about what makes LItchfield Montessori special please visit us at and to learn more abou the benefits of a Montessori education, visit the "Why Montessori?" section of our website.Litchfield Montessori School is fully accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and we are an Association Montessori International/USA Member School and Fully Recognized at the Primary level. Litchfield Montessori is also a founding member of the Montessori Schools of Connecticut. 

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