About Us



Community Montessori School was founded in 1981 by a group of 13 families who wanted to bring Montessori education to the Georgetown area.

CMS 1st class, 1981

The school moved to its current 18-acre campus in 2001 and now provides Montessori programs for children from 15 months up to 15 years.

CMS is a non-profit, tax-exempt private school governed by a Board of Directors. Since our beginnings, we have been affiliated with AMI (The Association Montessori International), which is the organization founded by Dr. Montessori to ensure the continuity of her educational method.


The mission of Community Montessori School is to provide authentic Montessori education in a nature-rich environment that cultivates collaboration, curiosity, love of learning, and, respect for self, others and the world.


Carl Illig, Board President
DeeDee Hu, Vice President
Chris Bubela, Treasurer
Kandice Stellmon, Secretary
Travis Bragg

THE “3Rs”

At CMS, we hold the “3 Rs” in high regard! But our version of that old saying isn’t about academic achievements. Rather it’s based on the development of character:

Respect for ourselves and others around us. Together with our emphasis on collaboration and helping one another, this leads our students to develop confidence and compassion hand-in-hand.

Responsibility within our community as well as the wider world, guides students toward leadership and stewardship. They are active participants in their community and their education. Our Guides walk alongside their students as they develop the skills to care for themselves and guide their own learning.

Resourcefulness develops from our students having daily experience in creative thinking and problem-solving. They are encouraged at every turn to ask why, to think of solutions and make them happen.

Recognizing that we live in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world, CMS strives to create a community that reflects and celebrates the full breadth of human diversity, including, but not limited to, differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, family structure, religious preference, national origin or disability.