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Welcome to the Kennebec Montessori School

  • the oldest Montessori school in the state of Maine
  • the only non-denominational, alternative Elementary school in the greater Waterville area
  • licensed as an approved private school by the Maine Department of Education
  • accredited by the American Montessori Society since 2007
  • recognized as a Quality Child Care facility, through the Quality for ME statewide rating system

At our location in Fairfield, we offer Primary and Elementary Montessori programs to 90 children from ages 3 to 9. Our four classrooms are all multi-age: three Primary classrooms (ages 3 to 6) and one Elementary classroom (Grades 1 to 3).

We also have a Before and After School Care program, licensed through the Department of Human Services.

Summer Program
Our Summer Program runs for 8 weeks each year, offering a variety of activities both inside and out.
Click here for our Summer Program Brochure
Click here for our Summer Registration Form

A Message from the Head of School:
Whether you are a new Montessori parent or a veteran, you probably know that a Montessori classroom offers hands-on learning with concrete materials in a child-centered environment. Children work at their own pace in a multiage classroom that encourages independence in the younger children and confidence in the older role models. What many people donít realize is that this environment fosters one of the most important skills they will develop in their lifetime: concentration. Click here to read more ...

The school stands on 14 acres of fields and woodlands, with a stream and beautiful views, convenient to Interstate 95. Children can cross-country ski in winter and garden in the spring and summer sessions. There is a large playground with new play equipment that overlooks an adjoining farm. The facilities are bright and cheerful. The classrooms and the day care room each have their own bathroom, kitchen unit, and door to the outside playground and gardens.

Founded in Fairfield in 1976 by a group of parents, KMS quickly grew to two Primary classrooms. In 1988 a lower Elementary classroom was added. In 1995, after two years of fund-raising and with the generous support of present and past parents and community businesses, KMS was able to realize its dream to construct the first stand-alone Montessori school in the state of Maine.

Students come from diverse backgrounds, bringing together the families of teachers, farmers, artists, professionals and business people. Many commute from surrounding communities, including Pittsfield, Clinton, Freedom, Skowhegan, Belgrade, China, Vassalboro, and Augusta.

The school operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, governed by a Board of Directors comprised of community members, past parents, current parents, the head of school and a non-voting teacher representative. Read our Strategic Plan.

KMS Board of Directors
Mark Tappan, Chair
Rebecca Green, President
Christopher Batson, Treasurer
Mary-Lou Ogden, Secretary
Sharon Conover, member-at-large

Pamela Thompson, member-at-large
Elizabeth Ward, current parent representative
David Holden, current parent representative


KMS School Calendar

Our Mission
The mission of the Kennebec Montessori School is to provide young children with an educational program rooted in the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, in which respect for self, others, and the environment are fundamental. The program is designed to heighten intellectual and social development through the process of exploration and discovery with concrete materials, while nurturing a natural curiosity and a love of learning.

The school is a hidden treasure that needs to be seen!
American Montessori Society Accreditation Team Report

Learn more about Montessori!Content Copyright © 2014 Kennebec Montessori School - All Rights Reserved. 38 Sheridan Drive, Fairfield, Maine 04937 Phone: 207-453-6055 Rebecca Green , Head of School
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