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A Brief History of Kingsley Montessori

Nov 14, 2019 9:10:18 AM / by Doug DeMaio

From its humble beginnings as a one room school house, to its current 330-plus enrollment, Kingsley has undergone many changes in it's eventful lifetime! 

Kingsley: A Tradition Honored and Advanced

Kingsley Montessori School hasn't always been known by that moniker. The original manifestation of the school was as a small, six student school room known as The Kingsley School.

The Kingsley School

Kingsley began with education pioneers Edith Kingsley and Helen Loud. These two groundbreaking educators founded the original Kingsley School in Boston’s Back Bay in 1938. Starting with six 170601C-KINGSLEY-1157students, the small private school grew steadily, increasing enrollment in adding new classes and staff. Eventually, Kingsley acquired 30 Fairfield Street at the corner of Fairfield and Commonwealth Avenue, as the home of their expanding school.
At this point, The Kingsley School was a small, progressive private school—but not yet the Montessori-inspired institution of today. A fortuitous crossing of paths would lead to what eventually became known as Kingsley Montessori School.

Back Bay Montessori School

Screen Shot 2019-09-10 at 1.34.03 PMAt the time that Kingsley acquired 30 Fairfield Street, the garden level of the building was home to another school, Back Bay Montessori. Back Bay Montessori was a Montessori preschool program founded in 1986. The discovery of shared values and philosophies inspired a 1991 merger of the two programs.
As a result, an urban independent school for children ages three through twelve was created. The new school was named Kingsley Montessori School.

Kingsley Montessori School

At this point, Kingsley Montessori School filled the 30 Fairfield Street building, and the need for increased space became a priority. Enrollment continued to grow in the coming years and in 2005, the Elementary Program moved one block away, to newly acquired 26 Exeter Street, at the corner of Newbury Street. Since that move, the student population has continued to grow, more than doubling since 2005. Two new programs were created, a Toddler Program and a Kindergarten Entry Program (KEP) to offer entry points for new families. With the addition of the Toddler program, Kingsley Montessori School established its foundational decade of learning, nurturing students from age two through twelve.170601C-KINGSLEY-1594

Kingsley Today

Today, with a growing enrollment of 340+ students and 89 faculty and staff, Kingsley serves students from the Toddler program, starting at age 2, through Grade 6. Kingsley has endured to become one of Boston’s leading and most innovative independent schools. The school’s two beautifully appointed Back Bay buildings provide a perfect setting for a vibrant learning experience and a welcoming home to the entire Kingsley community—past, present, and future.

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