Campus and History
In 1975, the Vineyard Montessori School was opened at the home of Robert and Charlene Douglas at Arrowhead Farm on Indian Hill Road in West Tisbury by a group of educated and thoughtful parents who respected Maria Montessori’s philosophy on educating young children. The school’s curriculum served children aged 2.9 to 6 years old. The school was housed at the Arrowhead Farm until 1982. It was then moved to a temporary property across from the Vineyard Haven Library for one year.
In 1983 the school was located at the Nathan Mayhew and Fanny Blair Hall on North William Street in Vineyard Haven. Our permanent home was founded in 1984, at 286 Main Street, Vineyard Haven.
In the spring of 1994, a group of Montessori parents passionate about Montessori education worked together to extend Montessori school into the elementary years. The first elementary classroom opened in September of 1995.
In the winter of 2014, parents of children attending the third grade worked towards growing the school’s upper elementary program. We are pleased to announce that in September 2017, the Vineyard Montessori School will offer two elementary classroom, Elementary I and Elementary II that supports children from 1st through 6th grade. In addition a Middle School that services 7th & 8th grade.
In the fall of 2014, the Board of Trustees voted to begin the process of accreditation for Vineyard Montessori School. In January of 2015, the school began the accreditation process through the American Montessori Society (AMS).