History 2019-03-07T12:20:13-05:00

History of our Founding

The New School Montessori Center was founded in June of 1984 starting with a small Children’s House classroom in Raleigh. In the same year, the school became affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS) and acquired its non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

In conjunction with the school, The New School also developed the area’s leading Montessori teacher education. As both the school’s and the training center’s popularity grew, we needed to relocate to two larger properties, one converted from a house and the other from a small church.


Once again, we soon outgrew these properties, and in 1999 the school decided to create a purpose-built facility on Sunset Lake Road, a beautiful six-acre wooded lot with an excellent location for many surrounding communities.

The building was ambitious with a planned capacity of over 200 students, which reflected a significant increase in enrollment. During this period of time, the school changed leadership and committed to solely focus on developing the school as a separate entity from the training center. Ultimately, our ambition was well-founded as the school once again reached maximum capacity.

Breaking New Ground

In the fall of 2014, The New School entered its next phase of expansion as it re-launched its Montessori Adolescent Program. To accommodate this additional classroom, the school installed an additional room behind the main building.

This was an amazing venture that has proven immensely successful. For more information on the status of our Montessori Adolescent Program (MAP), please visit the MAP web page.

Future Plans

As our elementary and Montessori Adolescent Program both surpass our space capacity, the school is now looking to acquire a second property.

In the spring of 2017, we will be actively scouting for possible sites near our current location for a satellite campus. Stay tuned for more news as we move into this next exciting phase of our development.

Modified Schedule

In response to health concerns caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the school is temporarily closed.

Our anticipated opening date is May 18. Please visit the headings below for more information.

News & Updates
Latest news related to our COVID-19 closure

Frequently Asked Questions
General FAQs

Distance Learning
Links to our online educational resources and classes

Prospective Families
We are currently offering tours via phone and Zoom conference. Please email us at info@montessoricenter.org or call (919) 303-3636 between 9am and 1pm to arrange a time!

We look forward to seeing everyone in person soon!

The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, “The children are working as if I did not exist.” – Dr. Maria Montessori