Richmond Montessori School has been my second home for the past 17 years and I feel very fortunate to be part of such a vital organization. As I step into my new role as Head of School, I have taken some time to reflect on exactly what makes this place so unique and special.
It’s the soul of our culture. The unwavering dedication of our faculty and staff, enthusiastic and creative students, programs rich in Montessori philosophy and a close knit community of parents, board members and supporters who, together in harmony, have one single goal – to create the optimal learning environment for the children we serve at Richmond Montessori School.
It’s the diversity of our community. Hundreds of drivers pass the Richmond Montessori International Flag Garden every day. It’s a symbol of who we are: a member of a worldwide educational community with students from more than 35 different countries. Students of every race, color, national and ethnic origin feel at home at RMS. We celebrate diversity naturally. Our children are educated to be citizens of a global society—just as Dr. Maria Montessori envisioned a hundred years ago.
It’s our standards of excellence. We are the single accredited Montessori School in the Greater Richmond area and the RMS team works diligently to maintain this status. This means that we live and breathe the standards that we must adhere to by our dual accreditation. Other schools may boast of being good Montessori schools but Richmond Montessori is simply the best.
It’s the nature of our students. I have always valued compassion and curiosity in others, and here at Richmond Montessori School, our teachers carefully nurture their students’ natural sense of curiosity while modeling a sense of mutual respect as a way of being in the world that transcends three generations of RMS students today.
It’s the caliber of our teachers. We pride ourselves on our ability to truly understand child development at every stage, so that we can tailor instruction to the individual needs of our students. This means that we have a diverse culture of learners, who each bring their strengths to the larger community. While our students can graduate with up to five high school credits, we boast about their sense of integrity, independence, creativity, social justice and their problem solving and collaboration skills, rather than their competencies. Both are important but it’s these variables that will carry them successfully through life beyond school. The World of Difference at Richmond Montessori will leave an indelible mark on each one of our graduates.
I have the pleasure of seeing the boundless enthusiasm of our students each morning as they leap out of their cars, joyfully entering their classrooms where they take ownership in their learning in partnership with their teachers, where they have the freedom to explore their passions within clearly defined boundaries and where discovery breaks through barriers into real world experiences.
I am fortunate that the baton has been passed to me while RMS is thriving under the governance of a visionary board of trustees. My goal is to sustain the vitality of the RMS community, taking a wide view toward the future wellbeing of our school, while keeping my eyes firmly planted on our central focus – our students.
We have much to celebrate in our 50th year, and I look forward to sharing the journey with you.
Grainne Murray, Head of School
At A Glance
Toddler: 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Primary half day: 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Primary full day: 8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Elementary: 8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Middle School: 8:10 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
10 months: September to June
Summer Enrichment Program: June to August
Toddler: 2 classes/16 students; 8:1 ratio
Primary (a.m.): 5 classes/25 students; 12:1 ratio
Primary (p.m.): 5 classes/8 students; 8:1 ratio
Lower Elementary: 3 classes/22 students; 11:1 ratio
Upper Elementary: 2 classes/24 students; 12:1 ratio
Middle School: 1 class/16 students; 8:1 ratio
Montessori Enrichment Options
Early Arrival: 7:30 a.m. – 8:10 a.m.
Extended Day: 12:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. and/or 3:10 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Stanford Achievement Test Series – Percentile Ranks
Tuition ranges from $9,850 to $14,785. Tuition covers all expenses of the Montessori curriculum and specialty programs, with the exception of required grade specific fees (i.e., Technology Fee, Middle School fee).
- Science Club
- Harp Ensemble
- Drama Club
- Arts & Crafts
American Montessori Society (AMS), Accredited Member School since 1991. Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS), Full Accreditation since 2002.
Where do our graduates go?
Richmond Montessori School graduates advance to private high schools, Governor’s schools and specialty centers at public high schools throughout the Greater Richmond area, where they are praised as confident, intelligent and independent thinkers who are self-motivated, compassionate and highly respectful of others.
High School Selections:
- Appomattox Regional Governor’s School
- Benedictine High School
- Clover Hill High School
- Clover Hill High School, Math & Science Center
- Collegiate School
- Douglas Freeman High School
- Douglas Freeman High School, Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics
- Franklin Military Academy
- Freeman High School, Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics
- Glen Allen High School, Center for Education and Human Development
- Godwin High School, Center for Medical Sciences
- Henrico High School, Center for the Arts
- Hermitage High School, Center for Humanities
- James River High School, Center for Leadership and International Relations
- Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School
- Midlothian High School
- Mills E. Godwin High School
- Mills E. Godwin High School, Math & Science Center
- Open High School
- Saint Gertrude’s High School
- St. Catherine’s School
- St. Christopher’s School
- The Steward School
- Trinity Episcopal School
- Trinity Episcopal School, IB Scholarship Program
- Tucker High School, IB Scholarship Program
- American University
- Amherst College
- Belmont University
- Berklee College of Music, Boston
- Brown University
- Carnegie Mellon University
- Connecticut College
- College of William and Mary
- Elon University
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Emory and Henry College
- George Mason University
- George Washington University
- Hampden Sydney College
- James Madison University
- Sewannee: The University of the South
- Swathmore College
- Tufts University
- University of Alabama
- University of Arizona
- University of South Carolina
- University of Richmond
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas, Austin
- University of Virginia
- Washington University
- Western New England College
- Wheaton College
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Tech