Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to the Montessori School of Raleigh! We are pleased that you are considering us for your child and family.


photo credit: Mary Virginia Swain


Jeannie Norris
Interim Head of School

Welcome to The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR), the oldest fully accredited Montessori school in the Triangle and the only independent school in the Triangle that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.

Preparing now to celebrate its 45th birthday next year, MSR is a vibrant school, rich in Montessori tradition, animated by the growth in our new Upper School (grades 9-12) and our designation as an IB World School. In two spacious and beautiful settings, our 9-acre Lead Mine Campus sized for children 18 months through grade 6 and the 39-acre Brier Creek Campus for adolescents in middle and upper school, students learn and grow and undertake the great journey that will lead to fulfilling and authentic lives.

For Maria Montessori, an education is acquired not by listening to words but by experiencing the learning environment. At MSR, calm, open, and appealing spaces invite children to engage with ideas, people, and things. Our carefully prepared classrooms foster the joy of self-discovery and stimulate curiosity and imagination. The confidence and sense of agency developed in lower grades prepare students to undertake the rigorous college-preparatory high school curriculum that cultivates attributes in young people espoused by Maria Montessori: global perspective, emphasis on self-reflection and self-directed learning, and integration of international and social focus on peace and justice.

It is a privilege to work with the remarkable MSR faculty and staff as we steward a school that has meant so much to so many for almost half a century. When the visionary founders of MSR, a small group of dedicated parents, met during the summer of 1974 to establish their school, they were inspired by one compelling desire: to create an exemplary Montessori school for their children. That exemplary school is the one happy children and dedicated faculty and staff still attend every day.

Inquiry, engagement, innovation, achievement, self-discovery, imagination, grace, and courtesy live here. We invite you to come and experience it all for yourselves.

Jeannie Norris
Head of School (Interim)

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