About Us

I like the Montessori method. It teaches through play. It makes learning a pleasure. It follows the natural instincts of the human being. - Thomas Alva Edison

Our Philosophy is Learn. Think. Grow.

We provide a safe, authentic, and creative Montessori community for learning for children 3 to 12 years old, Pre-K through 5th grade.

Our classrooms are run by American Montessori Society trained and certified teachers, and all our teachers have at least one bachelor’s degree with most having at least one master’s degree and many holding a PhD.

We have mixed age classrooms (3-6 year olds, 6-9 years old, 9-12 years old) in order to create an environment of independence, interdependence and community, creativity and exploration.

Because of the mixed age classroom, children learn to work together, to share, and to respect each other. The Montessori method is based on respecting and following the child, and this became the foundation of the methodology that began with Maria Montessori a hundred years ago. This means that our teachers, through careful observation of the children, will present developmentally appropriate lessons to each student when the child is ready to learn it. In this way, learning becomes a positive and engaging experience. Children will gain an intrinsic and substantive knowledge of math, language, science and culture seemingly effortlessly. Lessons focus on growing and acknowledging the whole child and adapting the learning to each individual child.

Montessori is a well-established educational methodology with a century long history. CMS has been teaching Montessori since 1971.

Our Elementary School

Inherent in our mission is to allow children to retain their love of learning as they grow. Therefore, we added an elementary section in August 2014. A Montessori education is about children learning, not being taught (Click to read a story from a parent at another school explain the difference). If you are one of our Primary patrons, please consider allowing your child to continue exploring the world by enrolling in our Elementary school.

Your child can begin Montessori elementary without having attended Montessori primary. If you are new to CMS and looking for an authentic Montessori elementary experience please call (405) 321-1275 to set up a tour, get more information and to find out if we would be a good fit for you and your family.

Montessori: The Elementary Years

Montessori: The Elementary Years from American Montessori Society on Vimeo.

At CMS, we value diversity. We admit students of any race, color, religion, and national and ethnic origin.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in our educational and financial policies or in any school administered activity.

Curious About Montessori?

Famous Montessori Alumni

Prince George, British Royalty
Prince George of Cambridge is the elder child and only son of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Currently attends Westacre Montessori School, near his family’s home, Amner Hall, in Norfolk, England.

Stephen Curry, NBA Basketball Player
Stephen Curry credits Montessori with instilling in him the skills to learn at his own pace as well as to harness his strengths, work on his weaknesses, and develop a sense that he could achieve anything.
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Puff Daddy, Singer & Rapper
This singer, record producer, and actor was born in Harlem. He attended the Mount Vernon Montessori School in Mount Vernon, New York.

Dakota Fanning, Actress
Her few years in a Montessori environment gave Ms. Fanning an impressive point of pride: “I learned to read at two,” she told About.com. “I was in a Montessori school and they teach you to read really, really young.”

Julia Child, Chef
Julia attributes her Montessori education with creating a lifelong love of discovery and mastery, which led her to write the groundbreaking cookbook, “Mastering the art of French cooking.”
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Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO
Crediting his Montessori beginnings with his approach to business, Bezos describes developing ideas in new markets as similar to “planting seeds” or “going down blind alleys.”
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Anne Frank, Writer
Anne started attending the 6e Montessori School in Amsterdam in May 1934. Her father, Otto Frank told friends: “Anne was a demanding character. She continually asked questions… When we had visitors, it was difficult to free yourself from her, because everyone and everything interested her… It was good that Anne went to a Montessori School, where each pupil gets a lot of individual attention.”
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See More Alumni

Wise Supporters

Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison.

The success of the Montessori methodology as reported in Science Magazine (paid content, read a summary here)

Gabriel Garcia Marquez talking about going to a Montessori school

What do Larry Page, Sergei Brin, Jeff Bezos and Jimmy Wales have in common?

 Harvard Business Review: Develop Leaders the Montessori Way

 Forbes: The Best Single Idea for Reforming K-12 Education

 Harvard Business Review: Montessori Builds Innovators

 What Bill Gates Could Learn from Chris Rock

 Forbes: Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?

 Forbes: Wake-Up Call for the Gates Foundation

Please explore this website. We have included materials and links to give you a flavor of the Montessori methodology. We invite you to call us to come and visit our school.

“Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.” 不闻不若闻之, 闻之不若见之, 见之不若知之, 知之不若行之 – Xunzi

“If everyone had your schools, they wouldn’t need me!”Sigmund Freud to Maria Montessori