SMS at a Glance2018-09-17T00:41:46+00:00

SMS at a Glance

Founded: 1972

Three Locations:

Shrewsbury Main Campus:

  • Three Children’s House classrooms (Preschool & Kindergarten)
  • Two Lower Elementary classrooms
  • Two Upper Elementary classrooms

Auburn Campus:

  • One Children’s House classroom (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Worcester Campus:

  • One Children’s House classroom (Preschool & Kindergarten)

Total students: approximately 175 (at all locations)

Faculty: Twenty six, including primary and dedicated co-curricular staff

Student-Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Co-curriculars: Performing and Music Arts, Visual Arts, French, Latin, Technology and Innovation/STEAM, Library, Gardening and Sustainability

Accreditations: Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) and the American Montessori Society (AMS)

Schedule a tour or contact us to meet our caring and dedicated staff and learn more about the school!

School Day

School opens each morning at 7:30 am. Before School care is available. Most classes start at 8:30 am with dismissal at 2:30 pm for Children’s House and 3:30 pm for Elementary students with optional After School care and enrichments until 5:30 pm. Half-day programs are available for Children’s House students.

Kindergarten and Elementary students who reside in Shrewsbury are eligible for Shrewsbury Public School bus service through the Town of Shrewsbury Department of Transportation.

Our academic year runs from September through the beginning of June.

School History

Shrewsbury Montessori School (SMS), previously The Montessori Center of Shrewsbury, was founded forty-six years ago when Mrs. Nancy Corkum began her mission to bring Dr. Maria Montessori’s educational philosophy to children in Massachusetts, first in Dudley, Auburn, and then in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

In 1972, Mrs. Nancy Corkum opened her first proprietary school, Treetops, in Dudley, Massachusetts. Initially Treetops consisted of the youngest Corkum son, four preschool classmates, Mrs. Corkum as the Lead Teacher, and one Assistant Teacher. To accommodate the increasing enrollment between 1976 and 1981, she established the Children’s House (CH) in Auburn, and classrooms located at the Fay School in Southborough, the Beal School, Shrewsbury, and Mt. Olivet Church in Shrewsbury. In 1986, Nancy and Keith Corkum purchased the property at 55 Oak Street, Shrewsbury, establishing the Montessori Center of Shrewsbury, Inc. Six classrooms were added to the house. Two additional classrooms were added in 1989. The All Purpose Room (AP Room) and the Media Center/library/language classroom were built in 1998.

In the fall of 2004, Mrs. Corkum announced her retirement and her intention to sell the School. A group of parents offered to help convert the School to a not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organization. The parent group raised the necessary funds, secured a mortgage, and established the bylaws of the corporation. The SMS faculty continued in their roles through this transition.

In January 2005 an Interim Head of School was hired. The first permanent Head of School was hired in July of 2007. The Shrewsbury Montessori School is a nonprofit, independent institution with three campuses: Auburn, Worcester, and Shrewsbury. Although staff, campus facilities, and playgrounds have changed over time, the commitment to providing a strong Montessori education to children, as first envisioned by Mrs. Nancy Corkum, remains. Shrewsbury Montessori School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England and the American Montessori Society.