Greenspring Montessori School has been serving the students of the greater Baltimore region for over fifty years. Please enjoy a brief outline of our history.
The Montessori School is founded by The Suburban Child Study Group of Baltimore—an informal organization of approximately seven couples in search of preschool programs. With approximately 30 students, two new teachers and borrowed equipment from other Montessori schools, a single Children’s House classroom opens at Har Sinai Congregation on Park Heights Avenue in Baltimore.
The Suburban Child Study Group becomes incorporated as The Montessori Society of Central Maryland, Inc. and purchases a small building at Liberty Heights Avenue. It opens as a school – called The Montessori School – later that year.
A satellite campus, called Towson Children’s House, opens in Towson and is added to accommodate The Montessori School’s growing number of toddlers.
The Society establishes its first Junior Class (what we now call Elementary) for ages 6 to 9.
The Montessori Society of Central Maryland purchases the Emerson Farm Dairy buildings and seven acres of property with plans to renovate and build an educational facility. In the fall, The Montessori School at Emerson Farm opens to approximately 140 students with two classrooms for children ages 6 to 12, and four classrooms for children ages 2 1/2 to 6. The six classrooms are located on the first floor of the Main Building.
Two classrooms and the faculty office are opened on the second floor of the Main Building.
The Friedberg Building, made possible by a generous donation from the Julius C. Friedberg, Jr. family, is renovated to house two classrooms.
The Little Barn renovations are completed, adding two more classrooms and a music room to the campus.
The center silo next to the Main Building is renovated to serve as part of the school’s first library.
The renovation of the Multipurpose Building provides the school with several essential additions, including a stage, computer room, art room, and one additional classroom.
Through a three-year capital campaign, two new classrooms open, along with improved science and computer classrooms and a greenhouse. A modular building is also purchased to house the Facilities Department.
The Maryland Center for Montessori Studies (MCMS) begins offering a Primary (Early Childhood) Montessori teacher training program at Emerson Farm.
In August, the last two grain silos are renovated. One is converted into additional library space, designated as the Story Gallery. The third and last silo, now called the Silo Gallery, is renovated into a uniquely shaped meeting room that also served as an art gallery to showcase the work of local artists as well as our own students’ work. Currently, this silo is being used as a Middle School library, as well as resources for parents and school faculty and staff.
Emerson Farm Middle School begins in September of this year with its Montessori two-year program for grades 7 and 8.
The Student Activity Center opens in the fall, providing a spacious Middle School classroom, a foreign language classroom, state-of-the-art gymnasium and administrative offices.
The Montessori School & Emerson Farm Middle School changes its name to Greenspring Montessori School to bring unity to its programs and celebrate a time of reinvigorated leadership. Continuous improvements in technology, community education, and campus grounds indicate growth, stability, and dedication among the Greenspring family.
The School also begins the Spanish Dual Language Program.
Greenspring Montessori School starts a Capital Campaign for an ambitious building project to renovate and restore nearly 30,000 square feet of our beloved but aging buildings on campus.
The school broke ground on Phase I of the Capital Project, renovating the Multipurpose Building to become the Toddler and Children’s House Village East.
In addition, Greenspring Montessori School began an exciting endeavor with its first ever ninth grade class joining the Adolescent Community.