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.
Our Summer Program runs for 8 weeks each year, offering a variety of activities both inside and out.
Click here for our Summer Registration Form
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.
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 ...
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
Diane Tucker, member-at-large
Sharon Conover, member-at-large
Elizabeth Ward, current parent representative
Kelly Doran, current parent representative