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Cambridge Montessori School

Cambridge Montessori School is a coeducational private montessori school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Urban


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Welcome to Cambridge Montessori. We are delighted that you have taken the time to learn more about us. Founded in 1963, CMS prides itself on being a community of teaching and learning, respect and inclusion, and making the world a better place. Centrally located in picturesque Cambridge, our students are a vital part of a diverse community that includes people from all over the world.

At CMS we are committed to providing our students with an excellent educational experience that prepares them to navigate, to succeed, and to contribute in this 21st century. Every day our students are engaged intellectually and are encouraged collectively and individually to make an impact in and beyond the classroom. Our students leave CMS with self-confidence, initiative, independence, ethical leadership and the ability to think and act critically.

We invite you to learn more about our school community. Thank you for your interest in Cambridge Montessori. We hope that you will come visit!


◉ Elementary Curriculum

The spiral curriculum of the Montessori classroom exposes students to many interrelated topics repeatedly over time. With each repetition, children build on the knowledge they already have about a topic, delving deeper into the details, seeing the connections more clearly, and ultimately developing a deep understanding of our complex world.

Some key elements include:

•Peace, Grace + Courtesy, Service Learning •Practical Life •Language •Math •Geography, History, Social Studies •Science •Library •Spanish •Studio Arts •Musical Arts •Theater Arts •Physical Education •Field Trips

◉ Middle School Curriculum

The Cambridge Montessori Middle School curriculum is a two-year process that occurs over the Seventh and Eighth Grades. The work of the older students in any cycle is more sophisticated and more challenging than that of the younger students. Each unit of study culminates in major projects and presentations of work by the students to the community to demonstrate their mastery, including a capstone project each year: Social Activism or Ideal Cities.

Some key elements include:

•Peace, Grace + Courtesy, Service Learning •Practical Life and Middle School Micro-economy •Language •Mathematics •“S3” Sciences (Geography, History, Social Studies, Science) •Library + Technology •Spanish •Arts Electives •Film School •Physical Education •Field Trips

Mission Statement

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.


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Admission Information

◉ Attend our OPEN HOUSE on October 25, 2015 or Schedule a Visiting Day! The afternoon will include tours of the school, an opportunity to meet parents and teachers and informative presentations. Children are welcome to attend, and no RSVP is required for this event. ◉ Our deadline for applications and supporting documentation is January 15, 2016.

Financial Aid Information

A Cambridge Montessori School education is an investment in your child’s future. Our financial aid program provides need-based tuition assistance to families who would otherwise not be able to attend Cambridge Montessori School. No family should be deterred by financial reasons from applying to Cambridge Montessori. Parents who require aid are encouraged to apply for an award. Financial aid decisions are made independently of admissions decisions. The financial aid program is open to students of any race, creed, sexual orientation and national or ethnic origin.

Teaching Philosophy Information

◉What makes Cambridge Montessori School so special? A visionary and proven program, highly skilled and compassionate teachers, a creative and supportive school community, and the joy of children thriving in this urban environment! From Toddlers through Middle School, Cambridge Montessori provides curricula and classrooms that balance both academic and social development. Classrooms are specifically prepared environments that promote children's independence and individuality and foster their natural love of learning. When it comes to a child's growth at CMS, the educational process is as critical as the educational content.



Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.



Important Dates

Regular Application Deadline: January 15

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 100
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
1 13
2 15
3 20
4 12
5 12
6 11
7 7
8 10

Cambridge Montessori School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Cambridge Montessori School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1
Gender 44% Male / 56% Female
Dress Code Casual
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 57%
Multi-racial 25%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 6%


◉ School-Year Programs: 1) Before School Care is available on school days from 7:30AM-8:30AM. 2) Extended Day is a natural extension of the school day available until 6:00PM. 3) With more than 15 clubs to choose from throughout the year, clubs provide an opportunity for students to discover or expand upon their individual interests. They run on varying schedules from 3:00 - 5:45PM. 4) Fun Days - Passport offers full day care from 8:30AM-5:30PM on parent-teacher conference days and professional development days. 5) Athletics - The athletics program is offered to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, and is included as part of their academic tuition. CMS athletes play soccer in the Fall, basketball in the Winter and run cross country in the Spring. ◉ Camp: For the past 10 years, Cambridge Montessori School has offered eight to nine weeks of camp each summer. Campers engage in a variety of fun and enriching activities, go on field trips, be entertained by special visitors and work with specialists in areas including athletics, visual arts, performing arts, nature exploration, science, music and movement, recreational swimming, games, gardening, and more! We also offer an academic Montessori Morning program for primary and elementary aged campers and an English Immersion program for our campers interested in learning and improving their English speaking skills. •During February and April school vacation weeks, we offer 4 days of specialized camp programming. Please visit our camp specific pages for more detailed information!
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Associations & Memberships

Other Montessori associations

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

State or regional independent school association

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