Hillside Montessori of LaGrange, Inc is a non-tax funded elementary school committed to following the pedagogical standards developed by Dr. Maria Montessori while serving preschool students ages 3-6, and elementary and adolescent students in grades 1-8.
The vision of a Montessori Elementary school has been alive in LaGrange for several years. Understandably, parents whose children thrive in the Toddler, Primary, and Extended Day programs at First Presbyterian Montessori School, which is now in its 33rd year of operation, want a similar environment for their children’s elementary education. We are excited that the opportunity is now available.
The initial parent-teacher group that formed in support of this school began meeting in 2009, and was comprised of four individuals. As their enthusiasm grew, more parents volunteered their time and ideas, and an official steering committee was formed. The members of that steering committee – Laura Fuller, Bethany Headrick, Pat Headrick, Stacey Malone, Melina Moyer, Melinda Pomeroy-Black, and Kristina Thurman – along with help from Oakgrove Montessori of Carrolton and DASH of LaGrange, created the strategic plan for the school. In June of this year our Board of Directors (see Board of Directors page) was formed.
Hillside Montessori of LaGrange, Inc is proud to reside in the convenient and well-maintained school building that formerly housed Unity Elementary School. Our Park Avenue location is in walking distance from both LaGrange College and LaGrange’s beautiful, historic downtown area.
2009– Initial planning meetings involving four stakeholders were held.
2010- 2011– Our Steering Committee was formed and became active. Our first official Board of Directors was formed. We incorporated as an official non-profit group.
2012– First Open House and Earth Day event
2012-2013 – Inaugural school year: Our doors opened for students in grades 1-4.
2013-2014– Our 2nd school year: We added an official Upper Elementary program
Our Board of Directors