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.


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.

AMS Accredited School

News and Events

10/01/18 This week from AMS: Montessori Kindergarten  resources and information for helping parents understand the benefits of allowing their children to experience the full 3 years of the Montessori Early Childhood cycleFull Story Here 


Congratulations to John and Veronica Ricks, devoted grandparents to Lexi and Ronin. You are our 50/50 raffle winner of $1,105!!! Special thanks to Shrey for helping draw the winning raffle ticket on his last day at BHMS.

In case you missed this story in last week's NY Times, Montessori alumnus, founder and CEO of, Jeff Bezos, and his wife, MacKenzie, pledged to donate two billion dollars to launch a network of Montessori preschools serving young children from low-income families and creating new support systems to help address homelessness in America. Full Story Here