BHMS History

Blue Hill Montessori School was founded in 1963 by a small group of local parents who were committed to the philosophy and teaching methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. At that time, there were no Montessori schools in the area, so they took the initiative and started their own. Our founding parents were: Nona M. Mahoney, Paul F. Ochs, Jr., Judith Alexander, James D. Fitzgerald, Paul J. and Marylyn Burns, Marjorie A. Tierney, and Margaret A. Heizmann.

 

In 1963, Mrs. Mahoney served as President and she and our other founding members set up classrooms in an old needle factory in Mattapan. The next year, they moved to an Episcopal church in Mattapan and officially became incorporated on March 30, 1964.

 

In 1966, the school groups moved to Quincy and were housed in a former Catholic school. Parents found themselves driving mainly from the Canton area to Quincy and soon became tired of the long commute. It was then that the school temporarily moved to a temple in Canton.

 

At the start of the 1967-68 school year, the school settled into its home in the Ponkapoag Grange building – where it still remains today. Blue Hill Montessori School has provided a Montessori based, high quality education to over 2,000 children.

 

Today, the school serves children aged 15 months through the age of six years. The school includes part day and full day sessions, and also offers early morning and late afternoon pick up for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Early Morning care is available for Toddlers as well.

 

As a private, non-profit school - the long standing tradition of active parent involvement is still carried on today, with parents serving on the Board of Trustees and other various working committees that help the school function year to year.