Madison Montessori School

Our History

Our History: The Making of Madison Montessori School

website31981Madison Montessori School (MMS) founded by Terry Armstrong and Elizabeth McKinley began with one preschool classroom, eight children and two teachers with a Kindergarten program following shortly thereafter.

1984 Programs expanded as our student body grew – running separate morning and afternoon sessions. A smaller classroom opened for 2 ½ year old children.

1987The Kindergarten program was added and with the school’s immediate success and growth, it was in fact a harbinger of its longevity.

1999Genuine Art was started by our dedicated and creative parents as a way to support the MMS Scholarship Fund helping families with tuition costs.

2007The Deborah Exum Gift of Encouragement is a monetary gift given by former MMS parent Tom Styrkowicz in memory of his wife, Deborah Lynn Exum (1952-2005), to an individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to Genuine Art.

2009The Benjamin Robert Wieler Scholarship Fund was established in September 2009 by the Wieler family in memory of Ben, Class of 1995.

2014The LaVerne Kleinheider Memorial Scholarship funded through a gift from the Kleinheider family is awarded to a family each year. LaVerne and Paul Kleinheider were founding parents in 1981.

201635th Anniversary! The experience of our early years cemented our commitment to building a strong community of dedicated teachers and parents. With enrollment at capacity of 66 students, we intentionally planned to keep our school community small like ‘a tiny gem’. Maintaining our small school feel allows for a close knit and caring community to blossom and grow deep roots.