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Bloomington Montessori School: Educating Children to be Empowered, Inspired Life-long Learners

Founded in 1968, Bloomington Montessori School has as our mission to guide students from self-discovery to global citizenship through Montessori education. The Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach that sees the child as naturally eager to learn and capable of initiating learning. Our school provides a self- and teacher-guided education of the whole child.

We serve children ages 3 through 12 in multi-age classrooms that include Early Childhood, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary levels. Our curriculum includes language arts, math, science, social studies, the performing and visual arts, Spanish, PE, the environment, peace and global citizenship. Our curricular integration gives students a larger picture of the interdependence of life.

Our teachers strive to create harmonious, child-centered learning environments in which children can grow and thrive. From well-crafted materials to inviting arrangements of activities and lessons, each classroom offers the children an inviting variety of learning opportunities. Guided by the teachers, children engage their interests and explore the full range of subjects through activities and lessons appropriate to their ages and abilities, working at their own paces and acquiring fundamental skills to become articulate, confident learners. We offer an education that is inspiring and relevant, and that encourages intrinsic motivation and love of learning.

Our Values

At BMS, we value

  • A love of learning
  • Nurturing peaceful, self-reliant, empowered citizens
  • Respect for ourselves, each other, and the earth
  • Open and honest communication
  • Working hard and working together as a welcoming community
  • Care and stewardship of the environment

BMS in the Community

As a reflection of who we are and who we wish our children to be, students, faculty and families at BMS regularly volunteer with organizations around Bloomington to help others in our community. We frequently work to address issues of food insecurity and support the many organizations in and around Bloomington who are tackling this challenge. We have enjoyed partnering with those dedicated to making Bloomington a wonderful place to live and grow for everyone.

Montessori is an education for independence, preparing not just for school, but for life. — Maria Montessori

Annual Fund

Consider supporting the future of BMS through our Annual Fund drive.


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Disability Nondiscrimination Policy
a. Bloomington Montessori School does not discriminate against any individual on the basis of disability, including against applicants or members of their families, students or members of their families.

b. Applicants and students with disabilities and members of their families have an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations provided by Bloomington Montessori School.

c. Bloomington Montessori School may not deny admission to or disenroll a child on the basis of the child’s disability, or because of Bloomington Montessori School regards the child as having a disability.

d. Bloomington Montessori School will make reasonable modifications to its policies, practices, and procedures when the modifications are necessary to afford goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to individuals with disabilities.

e. Requests for reasonable modifications beyond the scope of daily classroom accommodations may be directed to Bloomington Montessori School’s Head of School, either formally (as in writing) or informally (as in orally) and will be addressed in collaboration with the Director of Montessori Programs within three (3) business days.

f. Bloomington Montessori School will not make decisions about admission, continued enrollment or re-enrollment, or about needs for reasonable modifications, based on assumptions, myths or stereotypes about people with disabilities. Before making any enrollment decision where disability or behaviors associated with a disability is considered as part of the decision-making process, Bloomington Montessori School administrators will engage in an interactive the process that includes consultation with or consideration of information provided by the following individuals: the child’s parents or guardians, current teacher(s), anticipated teacher(s), and any persons providing support, therapy or other services to the child, to determine whether reasonable modifications to Bloomington Montessori School policies, practices and procedures could allow the child to attend Bloomington Montessori School;

g. If Bloomington Montessori School denies admission, continued enrollment or enrollment to a child with a disability, Bloomington Montessori School shall set forth in writing its reasons for the denial, including the names and titles of all persons consulted, any modifications proposed or considered, and the reasons, if any, why Bloomington Montessori School decided reasonable modifications were not available or would not allow the child to attend Bloomington Montessori School.

h. Bloomington Montessori School will not retaliate against or coerce in any way any person trying to exercise the rights of any person under this Agreement.