Our History

The roots of Kingsley Montessori School begin with education pioneers Edith Kingsley and Helen Loud, who founded the original Kingsley School in Boston’s Back Bay in 1938. Starting with six students, the small private school grew steadily and eventually acquired 30 Fairfield Street at the corner of Fairfield and Commonwealth Avenue.

The garden level of the Fairfield building was home to another school, Back Bay Montessori, a preschool program founded in 1986. Expanded enrollment and shared values inspired the 1991 merger of the two programs into a new urban independent school for children ages three through twelve. The new school was named Kingsley Montessori School.

Enrollment continued to grow and in 2006, the Elementary Program moved to newly acquired 26 Exeter Street. Since then, our student population has more than doubled with expansion spanning all program levels. Two new programs were created, a Toddler program and a Kindergarten Entry program, designed for families new to our Preschool. 
 
Today, with a growing enrollment of 300 students and 65 faculty and staff, Kingsley is one of Boston’s leading independent schools. The School’s two beautifully appointed buildings provide a perfect setting for a vibrant learning experience and a welcoming home to the entire Kingsley community. 

 

 
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