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My child gained self confidence, tools to resolve conflict, and an eagerness to learn.  ~ S. Deyo

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I am grateful to have found such an enriching and loving environment for my children.  ~ S. Lee

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You exceeded our expectations and hopes. Our son received such a solid and positive start.  ~ M. Kamp

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For parents seeking the best education in Montana, beginning in the toddler years and extending through 3rd grade, Great Beginnings Montessori School is the area’s thought leader in nature-based education. GBMS provides a personalized Montessori educational experience that intersects with the needs of the 21st century, preparing children for the global age. Great Beginnings Montessori is an independent, non-profit school nestled in tow locations against the backdrop of the Bridger Range (just north of Bozeman and south of the Springhill community). Since 1986, our students have excelled in area schools and gone on to succeed at top colleges and universities across the country.

While conventional schools focus on curriculum, Montessori focuses on the child first. A Great Beginnings education combines the time-tested and visionary insights of Dr. Maria Montessori with the combination of outdoor exploration and leading-edge Montessori study. The results are confident, curious and academically- exceptional students prepared for an ever-evolving world. Great Beginnings students are innovators, creators, and leaders.

Our Springhill campus includes Montana’s first yurt classroom, two outdoor classrooms, a natural outdoor amphitheater, and a natural playground. Our Foothills campus has a classroom inside a log cabin and plans to build Montana's second yurt classroom to house our elementary school starting September 2018. We encourage children to explore using outdoor space for science enrichment that keep students’ minds and bodies active.

Our environmental initiatives include a myriad of ways to connect our students with the outdoors, including: school-wide composting; no-idling accountability; hands-on gardening, from planting to the plate; natural playscape elements; a recycling program; and a place-based nature curriculum.

If you want to know about the ways we are growing, we have an entire website dedicated to our school's expansion and growth. More information is available:

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Our SUMMER CAMP is spectacular!   Weekly Camps available for ages 2 - 13. 


Our education process at Great Beginnings Montessori is based on the understanding that learning is predicated upon the basic human urge to explore. Each child’s curiosity is nurtured from early childhood (beginning at age two) through our kindergarten yurt classroom.

Many of the skills identified as being essential for success in the new era of “21st Century Learning,” such as initiative, self-direction, creativity, innovation and social responsibility are embedded in Montessori philosophy and are the outcomes of a Great Beginnings Montessori education. Our educational commitment includes teaching environmental principles to children through a direct connection with nature, and inspiring respect for our natural world as aware, responsible and caring citizens.

A successful Montessori program requires three essential elements: a prepared environment, a prepared adult, and freedom with limits. The environment at Great Beginnings Montessori offers students a range of exploration, as our teachers guide them in real-world activities preparing them to succeed in the world we live in. As our kindergarten students develop socially and academically, we support their learning and curiosity with exploration that extends beyond the classroom and into the local community.


Kindergartners in their outdoor winter classroom.

Outdoor end program guitar

Music, art and culture all play fundamental roles within our community. 

Outdoor Art Allison

What's Up with GBMS:

Now enrolling 3 and 4 year olds in our Foothills Preschool Classroom. Space is now available but limited. Call to set up a tour.

2017-2018 School Calendar 2017-2018 calendar.pdf

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Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education


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Great Beginnings is a fully registered 501(c)3 Tax-ID: 81-0439260




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Our Springhill campus is currently full, but we encourage you to schedule a tour and visit our Foothills campus. ENROLLING 3 & 4-year-olds now. Please call to reserve a tour. Our tours are for individual families on Wednesday mornings at 9:30am, or by appointment. We look forward to meeting you. 

School is open Monday through Friday, from 7:45 am to 3:15 pm, and after school care is available Monday through Thursday 3:15 pm to 5:30 pm.  Summer programming is also available.

We offer a variety of schedules for your convenience. Please contact us for further information about Great Beginnings or Montessori education. 

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