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Montessori School of Gloucester

Class of 1979



Grounded in the Montessori method of educating children based on the individual, Gloucester Montessori School maintains an environment that fosters discovery, independence and leadership in students from toddlerhood - 6th grade.


Gloucester Montessori School adheres to the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, a world-renowned physician. It is a cooperative effort between the staff and families to provide a safe, caring educational environment grounded in the Montessori philosophy. GMS focuses on the whole child and strives to maintain a balance between intellectual, ethical, social-emotional, and physical development of each child. This philosophy is based on respect for the worth of each child. We encourage children to respect themselves, one another and their world. GMS strives to be an integral part of the community and welcomes children and families of diverse cultural, religious, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds.

A little History
  • The Montessori School of Gloucester was founded by Leslie Bowie in 1979.

  • The Lower Elementary program was first offered in 1986.

  • In May 1989, GMS was incorporated and became known as Gloucester Montessori School.

  • GMS is a non-profit, non-stock corporation chartered by the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been awarded tax-exempt status by the IRS under paragraph 501(C)(3). 

  • It is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of parents, alumni and community leaders.

  • GMS is a full member of the American Montessori Society (AMS).

  • Teachers are trained and certified through the American Montessori Society (AMS) and GMS maintains an annual, full member standing with AMS.

  • GMS staff maintain their current certifications in First Aid and CPR.

  • GMS is licensed by the VA Department of Education. 


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