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A Progressive Education for 3 Months to Grade 12


Lower School

A love of life-long learning begins here!

In Barrie's Lower School, we offer an authentic, hands-on Montessori education with programs for infants (starting at 3 Months) through elementary school (Grade 5) that focus on the uniqueness of each child, and support optimum learning experiences. Our conscientious faculty, low student-to-teacher ratio, and individualized attention provide an exceptional learning environment.

Many families choose Barrie because we are known for being a great school—and stay through the elementary years, because they have discovered that the individualized, joyful learning experiences in Montessori are worth investing in.

Bright classrooms with lots of windows are equipped with a full range of Montessori materials, and most classrooms have direct access to the outdoors, allowing children to flow between air-conditioned or heated inside work and gardening, art and other outside activities throughout the day. Play areas surround our Lower School campus, providing children with the opportunity for active play—from play structures to art projects to gardening, and our 45 acre campus provides outdoor learning opportunities that aren't available inside the classroom.

Whether enrolled only for early years or you continue on to our Middle and Upper School, your child can thrive at Barrie for many years. 

We look forward to welcoming you to our campus, and helping you discover the life-changing value of a great Montessori education.

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Anne continually asked questions… When we had visitors, it was difficult to free yourself from her...everyone and everything interested her… It was good that Anne went to a Montessori School, where each pupil gets a lot of individual attention.

Otto Frank, Father of Anne Frank, author of Diary of Anne Frank

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The education I received as a Montessori student served as the foundation for my career as a lawyer, state senator, and officer in the Navy. More importantly, the lessons I learned taught me to think critically, with creativity and compassion.

Senator Will Smith, Barrie Alumnus & Maryland State Senator

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I do not believe there is a method better than Montessori for making children sensitive to the beauties of the world and awakening their curiosity regarding the secrets of life.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Nobel Prize Winner for Literature




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We [Sergei and I] both went to a Montessori school...I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, being self-motivated, questioning what’s going on in the world, and doing things a little bit different that contributed to our success.

Larry Page, CEO and Co-Founder of Google


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Montessori taught me the joy of discovery…you can become interested in pretty complex theories, like Pythagorean theory, say, by playing with blocks. It’s all about learning on your terms... 

Will Wright, Computer Game Designer and Original Designer of The Sims



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Montessori gave me a lot of confidence at a young age... I used to love it when I'd come to school because there was something new I was going to learn every single day. 

Stephen Curry, NBA Basketball Player


Have Questions?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Hilary Green

Head of Lower School - Infant, Toddler, Primary, Director Barrie Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies