A Brief History of WMS

Wilmington Montessori Association (WMA) was officially established in 1964 by a group of dedicated parents who wished for their children to be educated in an environment that respects each child as an individual with unique abilities and needs. Their vision was a school that promoted responsibility and mutual respect and geared learning to the individual child. That school opened in 1963 with 14 children and affiliated with the American Montessori Society one year later. By 1973, the school had grown to the point where a second site was necessary; one site was located in Yorklyn and the other at the Buzz Ware Village Center in the town of Arden. In 1980, the two sites became two separate schools and Wilmington Montessori Association - the Arden School continued with the original charter.

In the early 1980s, the Arden school expanded and occupied an auxiliary site at the former YWCA in Ardentown. When the YWCA was sold, the auxiliary site was moved to the Claymont Community Center.

A permanent campus and new building containing eight classrooms, a gym, office and lobby space were dedicated at the present Harvey Road site in October 1988. At that time, the name of the school was changed to Wilmington Montessori School. In 1993, the addition of a new wing with 12 additional classrooms, library and office space enabled the school to bring all the students together at one location. In 2000, the third and final phase of construction was completed, providing additional and much needed learning and childcare spaces.

Today, the beautiful 25-acre campus is enjoyed by more than 250 children and their families. A sense of community, supported by an active Parent Cooperative Program, is evidenced by parental involvement and enhanced by strong parent/teacher communication.

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