“An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize 

that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.” 

― Richard Louv

Application Process

1.  Attend an open house at the school to meet our teachers and other parents.   Open houses are held twice each year.  You may also request an application by contacting the school and leaving your mailing address. 505-470-8928

2.  Return completed application.

3.  Should space become available, JMS will contact parents for an initial meeting and interview.

4.  Attend the meeting and submit the $75 application fee.  At the end of the meeting, we will schedule a visit for your child.

5.  Child visits for part of a day or a full day depending on the age and comfort level of the child.

6.  Schedule a follow-up meeting to discuss the child’s visit.  Decide if JMS is a good fit for your child and your family.

7.  Upon acceptance, parents complete final paperwork and submit the yearly deposit of $1,000 to secure placement.

Make A Difference!

When you make a contribution, you change a child's life.  Please consider donating so that more children can experience their own Journey.

Famous Montessori Alumni

Joshua Bell, violinist

Jeff Bezos, founder & CEO of

T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician

Sergey Brin & Larry Page, founders of Google

Julia Child, chef and author

George Clooney, actor

Peter Drucker, management guru

Anne Frank, WWII diarist

Katherine Graham, past owner and editor, Washington Post

Helen Hunt, actress

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winner for Literature

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former first lady and book editor

Devi Sridhar, youngest-ever American Rhodes scholar

Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia

More Montessori students: Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, HM Queen Noor of Jordan, Prince William and Prince Harry of Wales

Montessori parents: Bill and Hillary Clinton; Willie Nelson; Steve Tyler, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith; Yo Yo Ma

Montessori advocates: Erik Erikson, Sigmund Freud, Buckminster Fuller, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Fred Rogers, Bertrand Russell, Leo Tolstoy and Alice Waters

Did you know?

Alexander Graham Bell founded two of the first Montessori schools in the U.S. and Canada.

Thomas Edison founded a Montessori school in the U.S.

Jean Piaget, noted psychologist, was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.

Woodrow Wilson created a Montessori classroom in the basement of the White House for his daughter.