Our History


Good Shepherd Montessori School (GSMS) was founded by two families with an ambitious goal: fostering world peace through education. Our founders believed that within every child is both the capacity and desire to make the world a better place, and that the educational philosophy pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori best nurtures that potential.

Recognizing that vibrant diversity – both in society and nature – is foundational to human flourishing, from the beginning the community and curriculum of GSMS has been rooted in this ideal. Classroom communities are formed through a comprehensive admissions process that values socio-economic, aptitude, and cultural diversity. An experiential love of nature is cultivated through participation in meaningful, weekly work within our unique farm program. Life is learned within – and outside of – the doors of Good Shepherd. 

But at the center of it all is the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori-inspired Catholic Catechesis from which GSMS derives its name.

Knowledge and experience can answer the how questions of life, but not the why. At GSMS the spiritual development of the child occupies the same level of prominence as does intellectual, emotional, and social development. Although the context for spiritual formation is a Catholic Christian catechesis, the flexibility provided by the Montessori Method and non-proselytizing nature of our approach has made it a spiritually deepening experience for families of all faiths and levels of religious engagement.

Beginning with only 16 children in a single Grade 1 - 3 classroom in 2002, today GSMS is fully accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), a full member of the American Montessori Society (AMS), and annually enrolls more than 160 children ages 3 through Grade 8 in six multi-age classrooms.

Not content to serve only the children enrolled at GSMS, in 2016 Good Shepherd established the Montessori Consortium of the Great Lakes, an organization dedicated to advancing educational best practices according to the vision of Dr. Maria Montessori.

To hear more about where we have come from – and where we are going – we invite you to schedule a visit today.


Our Mission & Beliefs


Mission Statement

Good Shepherd Montessori School is a diverse, cooperative learning community, governed by an independent Board of Directors, that uses the Montessori method to nurture the character and uniqueness of the child and to inspire wonder and a joy of learning. It fosters spiritual growth in the Christian tradition and cultivates compassionate relationships with all people and just stewardship of the world’s resources.

The mission of Good Shepherd Montessori School is based on the following beliefs: