Our History

In 1970, a group of parents and community members interested in the Montessori method got together and decided they wanted to help start a Montessori school in the Edwardsville, Illinois area.

In September 1971, the first primary class opened as The Children’s House in Edwardsville, Illinois. A second primary class was added in September 1973. At the urging of Montessori parents the Elementary program began in 1975 with 6 years olds only. A grade was added each year until 1980 to complete our Lower and Upper Elementary programs (first through sixth grade).

In 1978, a Before and After school program was added to assist working parents of Montessori students.

In 1982, our school moved its Edwardsville location to a newly renovated school building on Highway 162 near Granite City, Illinois. The school name was changed to Montessori School and the Belleville campus to Montessori School-St. Clair.

In 2011, the school name was changed to Metro East Montessori School, and we celebrated 40 years of Montessori education in the metro east.

Metro East Montessori School

Our Vision & Objectives

The basic aim of Metro East Montessori School is, in the words of Maria Montessori, "to help the child to help himself". In preparing an environment that provides for the child's inner needs, it is hoped he will be enabled to fulfill his highest potential as an integrated personality.


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Parents' Group

Metro East Montessori Parents' Group

The Montessori Parents' Group sponsors various social and fundraising events throughout the year. These are fun events that allow the parents, staff members, family, and the surrounding community to have a great time while getting to know each other and raising money for the benefit of our children.