Montessori is a hands-on approach to learning which is implemented worldwide and is meant to benefit every child, regardless of their background or affluence. 

Montessori recognizes that children learn in different ways and at their own pace.  It is a developmentally based approach to education, whose primary goal is to help children to reach their full potential in all areas of life.

Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician in the early 1900’s, discovered the remarkable and effortless ability of children to absorb knowledge from their surroundings.  To further the children’s self-creating processes, she developed equipment, exercises, and methods based on what she observed children doing naturally, by themselves, and unassisted by adults.  The pioneering work of Dr. Montessori has produced a blueprint for educating children, by awakening their natural curiosity, and helping them to become self-motivated, independent, and life-long learners.

Each Montessori classroom operates on the principle of freedom within limits.  Every program has its set of ground rules which differs from age to age, but is always based on the core Montessori beliefs of respect for each other and for the environment.  In the multi-age Montessori classroom, learning takes place naturally, and children learn in harmony with one another.  

Well-Known Montessori Graduates & Advocates

Montessori sparks innovation and creativity in children.  Millions of Montessori students, families and supporters around the world have been influenced in some way by Maria Montessori’s philosophy and method of education.  Some of the most recognized include:

Prominent Montessori Alumni

Larry Page and Sergey Brin - founders of Google

Jeff Bezos - founder and CEO of

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - former first lady

Jimmy Wales - founder of Wikipedia

T. Berry Brazelton - noted pediatrician and author

Julia Child - chef and author

George Clooney - actor

Anne Frank - author and WWII diarist

Will Wright - video game pioneer

Prince William and Prince Harry - members of British royal family

Sean “P Diddy” Combs – rapper and music producer

David Blaine - magician


Montessori Advocates

Thomas Edison – scientist, inventor and founder of a Montessori school

Alexander Graham Bell – inventor, who helped start the first Montessori class in Canada

Jean Piaget – noted Swiss psychologist and head of the Swiss Montessori Society

Mister Rogers – children’s TV personality and strong supporter of Montessori

Montessori Parents

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer Granholm

Actors Michael Douglas, Cher, Patty Duke Astin, and Yul Brynner

Musicians Yo Yo Ma and Willie Nelson

Athlete David Robinson