Montessori School of Gloucester

Class of 1979


GMS Philosophy
  • The Gloucester Montessori School adheres to the principles developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, (1870-1952). 

  • 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. 

  • We base our philosophy on respect for the worth of each child, and we encourage children to respect themselves, one another, and their world.  GMS strives to be an integral part of the community. 

  • GMS welcomes children and families of diverse cultural, religious, racial, and socio-economic backgrounds.


  • 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 at Gloucester Montessori School.

  • GMS was responsible for bringing Montessori to the Northern Neck.

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

  • Teachers are AMS trained and certified.

  • GMS staff are trained in First Aid and CPR.

  • GMS is licensed by the VA Department of Social Services. 


  • 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, community leaders, and the Executive Director.

  • In the children’s houses, all students between three and six years are grouped together with the proper balance of gender maintained. 

  • The lower elementary school groups children from six to nine years together, and the upper elementary class consists of children from nine to twelve years of age.