Montessori School of Waukesha in 1970




Founded in 1964, Montessori School of Waukesha is the oldest and largest Montessori school in Waukesha County. Over the years, the school has built a solid reputation of excellence in the field of early childhood, elementary and adolescent education.


1964. Reprinted with permission from The Freeman.                              1963. Reprinted with permission from The Freeman.


Early Years
Montessori School of Waukesha was founded by community members beginning in 1964 after identifying a need for education incorporating the Montessori philosophy. Founding families include:

Jerome & Margaret Bischel
Charles & Moira Desch
Roger & Adeline Walsh
Anthony & Andrea Bryant
Herbert Cleveland, Jr.
Janean Cleveland
H.P. Ferris
Edward & Alfreida Gallun
Elizabeth Malone
Michael Mehr
Michael & Laraine O’Brien
Dennis Punches
Harry & Betty Quadracci
Roger & Jane Rhyner
Robert & Carol Smart
Som Varma

The school began in the basement of a medical center and in 1969, moved to its present location. In 1988, a group of parents requested the addition of an elementary school. First grade began that fall in rented space. In 1990, a 6,000 square-foot addition was built and the elementary classes, grades one through three, were moved into the newly expanded school.

As interest in the elementary program grew, the Board of Directors voted to add a fourth grade class in 1992, with the goal to offer grades one through six by 1994. The offerings continued to expand, and Montessori School of Waukesha graduated its first eighth grade class in 2005. The school continues to provide a challenging curriculum in a joyful, secure environment through eighth grade.