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.