History of Chesapeake Montessori School

CMS Opens a Second Campus!

It is with great pride and excitement that we announce that the doors to our Adolescent Program schoolhouse opened to students and faculty on September 3, 2019! In 2013, CMS committed to providing the first Montessori AP in the greater Annapolis area. Over the last six years, the AP has expanded to 3 full-time and 3 part-time teaching faculty serving twenty 7th and 8th years students at their very own campus. Upper Campus is a small farm of 3.5 acres on Ritchie Highway. The students keep chickens, a vegetable garden, and an apiary.

CMS History

Chesapeake Montessori School was founded in 1977 by Anne Locke, and for our first four years used rented classroom space in St. Margaret’s Church, near the school’s present location. In September 1981, CMS moved to our current location with classrooms and learning environments designed specifically for Montessori Primary and Elementary programs. In September 2000, the school expanded to provide a Young Children’s Community classroom, two Primary classrooms, and two Elementary classrooms. In 2009, following the purchase of additional land, a new building was completed, which now houses both Elementary Communities, a library, a multipurpose room, and our administrative offices. In August 2019, we opened a second Young Children’s Community at our Main Campus.

CMS Main Campus of seven acres includes a nature trail, two buildings, three playgrounds, a sport court, a small soccer field, gardens, and rolling hills. Our classrooms and entire campus are well-equipped, stimulating environments that reflect Montessori principles and encourage self-discipline, self-construction, independence, academic accomplishment, problem solving ability, community mindedness, and an enthusiasm for learning.

CMS is recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the highest category available to a school; accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS); and licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). It is a non-profit corporation governed by a Board of Trustees.