Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to Shrewsbury Montessori School (SMS)! Founded in 1972, we are a school of approximately 170 students serving students preschool through grade six. In addition to our Main Campus in Shrewsbury, we have two satellite campuses for children ages 3-6, one in Worcester and another in Auburn. SMS is accredited by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). We are proud to be an example of excellent education in the Montessori community as well as within the private-school community.
While the Montessori method was developed over a hundred years ago, current brain research supports many of its key theories and practices, which are now written about and practiced widely across the global education field. As a long-time educator with more than thirty years of experience, I have had the opportunity to work and visit many types of schools, however nowhere do I experience such consistently strong teaching and learning as when I step into a Montessori school. This was immediately true when visiting SMS.
One of first things that stands out when visiting one of our classrooms is the high level of agency in the form of self-direction, focus, and motivation that each child has; be it a three-year-old diligently working on preparing their own snack (using real silverware, china, and glasses) or a fifth-year student working on a research project about immigration or inventors. Shrewsbury Montessori students are curious about the world and are encouraged by their teachers to explore and seek answers!
The second aspect that stands out is the sense of calm and kindness that washes over the room. Since students are given the tools to be academically successful and given permission to work at their own pace, they feel empowered and trusted. This translates into creating a cooperative, purposeful classroom environment where students collaborate and support each other as learners.
And finally, there is joy! SMS students arrive at school each day, excited to learn alongside their friends. They are guided by experienced, talented teachers who know their likes and dislikes, as well as their strengths and areas of challenge. This fosters a safe and fun learning environment. Students expand their learning through arts and innovation classes, studying a foreign language, gardening, and more.
Scrolling through these pages you will find everything from our rich history to our challenging curriculum overviews, from upcoming performances to the most recent happenings on our campuses. We invite you to explore our strengths as a private, Montessori school and our commitment to the mission that guides our school. Through the pictures and stories within this site, you will discover that this Montessori school is a place where students truly love to learn! Our dedication to educating the whole child in a caring community defines who we are.
We look forward to welcoming you in person or through our website and, we invite you to experience for yourself the joy of learning that happens at Shrewsbury Montessori School. I hope you find SMS as inspirational and exciting as I do!
Interim Head of School
Meet Ed Kuh
Ed Kuh grew up in Rochester New York, earned his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and his Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in Policy Study from the University of Washington. During his career, Ed has worked in public, private and international schools. He recently presented at the National Association of Independent School (NAIS) Conference on the topics of collaborative leadership and diversity.
Most recently, Ed completed a successful thirteen-year tenure as the Head of Fayerweather Street School in Cambridge, MA. Early in his career, Ed taught for more than ten years including science at Eton (Montessori) School in Bellevue Washington to children aged three-grade eight! With two grown boys, aged 19 and 22, both of whom attended Montessori preschool, Ed is a strong advocate of Montessori education and its principles.