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“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

History of Amherst Montessori School

Amherst Montessori School opened its doors to the community in September 1970. It opened with a single classroom for 15 children, ages 3-5 years, and was housed in the basement of an historic church that is now the Jewish Community of Amherst.

 In 1977, AMS moved to rented space at South Congregational Church on South East Street in Amherst. In 1981, in response to demand from the community, it added a second classroom at this location. Programs grew to be full school day (8 AM-3 PM), with before- and after-care options for working families.

In 1984, with the guidance and support of many families and local businesspeople, Amherst Montessori School purchased 2.2 acres at 27 Pomeroy Lane in South Amherst and constructed its first permanent home, a 3,000 square foot facility housing two classrooms for children ages 3-5 (Children’s Houses). The school opened its doors at this location in September 1986. From 1986-1995, the school was located entirely at this location.  In 1995, it leased additional space at South Congregational Church, then St. Brigid’s Church, and added a third Children’s House (ages 3-5 years) and an Elementary Program. It added a Toddler Program in 1998, and then moved all annexed programs to Immanuel Lutheran Church in 1999.

PeaceDayCelebrationIn September 2004, Amherst Montessori School left the annex location at Immanuel Lutheran Church, and leased space at 7 Pomeroy Lane, two lots away from its Main Campus at 27 Pomeroy Lane. It relocated its Elementary Program to this leased space, and consolidated its Children’s Houses from three classrooms to two (one of which moved into 7 Pomeroy Lane). The Toddler Program was moved into a classroom at 27 Pomeroy Lane.

AMS Now

In 2008, the Trustees voted unanimously to undertake a capital expansion project that would unify our two locations onto one campus, and expand programming to serve more children and families. Pre-development, design, permitting, and the leadership phase of a capital campaign all took place from 2010-2012, and on June 13, 2012, we broke ground on construction of a 12,000 square foot building on the site of our main campus. Our original building was razed to make way for a new, state-of-the-art building to house all of our programs and add needed workspace for faculty, administrators, Trustees, and the community. We moved into our new home in February 2013. We look forward to another 40 years and more of serving the children and families in the greater Amherst area.