Our History

A long-standing record of progress

From solid experience and a rich history of tradition, our legacy is one of continual growth and development.

In 1972, after receiving full, formal Montessori training from Xavier University and finding a lack of good Montessori options in Cincinnati, Lucia Brown and Ann Smith took the initiative to open one of their own – Children’s Meeting House.

From 13 students, CMH quickly developed into a full Montessori school, with preschool and kindergarten programs for three- to six-year-olds and a junior elementary program for six- to nine-year-olds.

As CMH quickly outgrew this original space, a promising new start close to historic Loveland was found within a converted dairy barn surrounded by the Grailville’s 300+ acres. In 1976, the doors were opened to our new “Country School” – and five years later, a senior elementary program for nine- to twelve-year-olds was added.

Enrollment increased exponentially, and again plans were made to expand – with the outright purchase of seven Grailville acres, fundraising for new construction and the development of our prolific outside space as a learning lab. In 2003, CMH completed the move into our current building and surrounding grounds. At the heart of our campus, our main building contains advanced technological resources, generous multipurpose space and naturally lit, oversized classrooms designed to make students feel at home with soft textures, rugs, plants, pets and more.

With this juxtaposition of outdoor amenities and upgraded facilities, we cemented our position as a leader in nature-based education throughout Greater Cincinnati.

Our Mission

To foster the development of the whole child by implementing the philosophy, practices and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori. To nurture each child’s lifelong love of learning and honor the diversity of individuals. To instill self-confidence, independence, self-discipline, respect, and personal and social responsibility. To create partnerships with families for the benefit of each child, and cultivate a genuine sense of community.