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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 kindergarten, Great Beginnings Montessori School is the area’s thought leader in preschool 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 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 campus includes Montana’s first yurt classroom, two outdoor classrooms, a natural outdoor amphitheater, and a natural playground. 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.

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Our school is currently full, but we encourage you to schedule a tour and add your name to the Waiting List. The school is currently enrolling for our 2017 Summer Camps and we are scheduling tours for the 2017/18 school year. Please call to reserve a tour. Our tours are for individual families on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9:30am. 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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 Gallatin Valley is growing - and so is Great Beginnings!

Our Waiting List is long - and we can't wait any longer. Please join us at our annual fundraiser, the Chocolate Moose, on Saturday, November 12th at 7pm. With your help, we can provide additional preschool, lower elementary, and upper elementary for our community - without changing a thing at our flagship school. Learn more about our big party HERE.

What's Up with GBMS:

Montana Parent: Campfire Kids

Our Latest Newsletters

9/22: Back to School and Expansion Update

10/7: Survey for Second Campus Expansion

Archived 2015/16 newsletters 



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.


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Montessori in the News: 

Forbes: Is Montessori the Origin of Google and Amazon?

The Atlantic: Superwoman Was Already Here

Wall Street Journal: Montessori Mafia

Harvard Business Review: Montessori Builds Innovators

Huffington Post: Montessori: The Missing Voice in the Education Reform Debate

PBS: Comparing Preschool Philosophies

Dr Steve Hughes: Montessori and the Future of Education


Thank you for helping us make our dreams come true!

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



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