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Plymouth-Canton Montessori School is an independent, non-profit, international Montessori school for students from toddlers (18 months) through middle school (eighth grade).

We are passionate about cultivating your child’s love of learning. Each and every day, our students arrive at school bursting to expand their horizons and unearth new discoveries. These children are truly the inspiration for the thoughtful work we do creating a vibrant space to engage in an authentic Montessori curriculum.



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The future belongs to those who think outside the box, solve problems, create new solutions, and get people to work together to accomplish things.

“To the wonderful Montessori teachers and staff at PCMS. Thank you for encouraging and guiding our son on his journey to learn and explore reading, math, music, language, art, crafts, maps, and nature (remember when he found the dinosaur bone – a real one!) You have truly enriched his life and ours. This is a special, magical place, and you are special people.”

PCMS Parent

The knowledge, respect, and self-awareness your children (our future leaders) harness in their early years will undoubtedly launch their imaginations and their quest for happiness, in whatever challenges they choose to conquer.

Today’s students need to learn how to learn.

As parents and educators, we must help children prepare for tomorrow’s world — a world that does not yet exist.

Our course of study prepares students for both lifelong learning and life itself.

We cultivate each student’s human potential by not only leading by example but also by consciously investing in our core values:

  • being people of principle;
  • thinking deeply;
  • leading balanced lives; and
  • becoming steadfast friends and courageous advocates.
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“Now both of our children have completed the three-year program, attended day care and summer camps at PCMS. They have made friends, learned, laughed and loved. Thank you for the events that our family have been part of over the last four years. We have watched our children grown and flourish. They are HAPPY, well-adjusted kids. In our minds, this has been a tremendously successful experience. I can’t imagine a better foundation for our children. We are truly going to miss you!”

Former PCMS Parents

  “Whoever touches the life of the child, touches the most sensitive point of a whole, which has roots in the most distant past and climbs toward the infinite future.” — Maria Montessori

Program Levels


Ages 18 months to 3 years

Toddler communities are designed to meet the developmental needs of the very young child and to support the child’s natural growth.


Age 3 to 6 Years


Our Primary program begins at age three years and goes through age six. We provide a safe, caring, and engaging environment for each child to find their own interests and begin to socialize, encouraging brain development.

Lower Elementary

Ages 6 to 9 years

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Classes are taught by a certified Montessori Teacher. They tend to be rather stable communities, with just the oldest third moving onto the next level each year.

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Upper Elementary

Ages 9 to 12 years

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Classes are taught by a certified Montessori teacher. Each level is a multi-age community where students collaborate with others of different ages and abilities, learning to accomplish a goal cooperatively. This process encourages the child to contribute ideas, listen to others, and learn to compromise.

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Middle School

Grades 7 & 8

The Middle School years are a time when young people begin to find their own voice.  For many, it can be a time of stress. We offer a small, safe adolescent community.

Each level is a multi-age community where students collaborate with others of different ages and abilities, learning to accomplish a goal cooperatively. This process encourages the child to contribute ideas, listen to others, and learn to compromise.

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Montessori Curriculum

Our curriculum is based on integrated studies, rather than a traditional model compartmentalized into separate subjects, in which topics are considered only at specific grade levels.

Sensorial Education

These are exercises in perception, observation, fine discrimination, and classification that play a major role in helping our children to develop their sense of logic and concentration.

Practical Life Skills

One of our first goals is to develop in the very young child a strong and realistic sense of independence and self-reliance. Along with love and a stable environment, this is the child’s greatest need.

Language Arts

The process of learning to read and write almost always comes naturally and begins with a child’s first interest. We begin by placing our youngest students in classes in which the older students are already reading. 

Mathematics & Geometry

Montessori’s famous hands-on learning math materials make abstract concepts clear and concrete. Students can literally see and explore what is going on in their math studies.


We are all members of the human family. Our goal is to develop a global perspective. The study of world cultures forms a cornerstone of our curriculum.


Dr. Montessori passed a deep love for the world of nature on to thousands of students through a program of outdoor education, gardening, and camping experiences. We see this as the foundation of a lifelong interest in the sciences.


We are all members of the human family. Our roots lie in the distant past and history is the story of our common heritage. Without a strong sense of history, we cannot begin to know who we are as individuals today.

Middle School Program Course of Study

Plymouth-Canton Montessori School offers a Montessori Adolescent Program that consists of experiences both in the classroom and outside that support students in developing greater self-awareness and engagement with a complex world.

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As a partnership-based Montessori community, we consciously create a Circle of Equals.
There are no somebodies and nobodies, nor in-groups or out-groups at Plymouth-Canton. Parents, educators, and children are all members of the school community.

The school is working with the Montessori Foundation, and school policies and decisions are based on the core values and principles of Montessori Best Practice, rather than an ever changing debate about the school’s mission and identity.

However, with strong Montessori leadership, comes a belief that, while core principles cannot be compromised, parents, teachers, students, and school leaders can and should explore issues and ideas together in a culture of kindness and respect.

We hold monthly School Community Meetings to provide one of several forums. We also offer a wide range of workshops and discussions on partnership parenting and how the school is preparing our children to face the challenges of a changing world.

We believe that a school can be a close-knit community of families who share common values, in addition to a place where children attend class. We welcome family involvement, but do not require it. Interested parents are invited to participate in many ways, from organizing celebrations to long range planning. We do, however, expect each family to work closely with us to support their children’s education.

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