History of Blue Ridge Montessori
Blue Ridge Montessori School (BRMS) opened in the fall of 1985 in its prior location by Tom Taylor who at the time was the owner, administrator, and lead teacher. BRMS became a not-for-profit entity on May 31, 1999, with a Board of Directors made up of Montessorians, parent volunteers, and local business leaders.
In the summer of 2009, BRMS moved to its current location in Forest, Virginia, in to a building that is specifically designed for the Montessori environment. The move provided the opportunity to expand our program to two Early Learner classrooms and two Primary classrooms.
The fall of 2014 heralded another expansion with a building remodel, we added our Nido class (6 weeks-18 months), and an expansion upward of our Elementary program (1st through 6th grades).
In the spring of 2017, we will break ground on our new 17.5 acre campus located on Thomas Jefferson Road. Our new campus will allow for outdoor science opportunities, organic gardens, a sports field, small farm animals, orchards, nature paths, and multiple natural play areas. The new 28,000 sq. ft. building will include classrooms for infants (Nido) , toddlers (Early Learners), Primary (3yr-6yr olds) , Elementary (1st – 6th grades), and the addition of our adolescent program (7th – 9th grade), administrative offices, a staff lounge, a kitchen adjacent to the cafeteria/gymnasium, a music room, and a school library with a media area.
Blue Ridge Montessori School is fully licensed child care facility with the Virginia Department of Social Services. In 2015, we began undergoing the accreditation process with AdvanceED, and the Virginia Department of Education. We are expected to achieve our full accreditation status in the summer of 2017. All our lead teachers are Montessori Certified for the age group that they teach.
BRMS is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization allowing for donations to the school to be tax deductible to the full extent permissible by law. BRMS Head of School and the school Directors are responsible for the day to day operations.