Our History

From humble beginnings . . .

In 1963, Beverley and Jim McGhee, Sr. were searching for an early childhood facility for their two children in the Miami area.  Beverley, a professional educator, was not satisfied with anything available at the time.  In order to ensure that her own children would get an excellent educational head start, she founded Alexander Montessori School.

From the outset, the school enjoyed the reputation as a place where children learned and where the Staff cared.  McGhee recognized early that the Montessori Method was best for children.  She became certified as a Preschool Montessori Teacher and then as an Elementary Montessori Teacher.  She gathered teachers around her who share her dedication to providing a quality, caring educational environment for children, and who are motivated to be second to none.

McGhee did not plan to start a school that would eventually become one of the largest and finest Montessori schools in the country.  From that single Kindergarten class, however, Alexander Montessori School has grown into two Montessori Toddler Houses (for children ages 1½ to 3), nine Montessori Children's Houses (for children ages 3 to 6) on three campuses, with an additional six-acre Elementary Campus for children ages 6 to 12.  The school now enrolls more than 560 students.

More than 50 years later, some of the children of our alumni are experiencing first-hand the school where their parents spent their formative years.  Maria Montessori (1870–1952) envisioned and helped realize a new approach to education, and Alexander Montessori follows her philosophy.  Our task is to aid children in their work of self-creation, to help them become independent learners and thinkers.  Our goal is to help our students live up to our motto:  “To Learn to Love to Learn.”

Welcome

For over five decades, Alexander Montessori School has served children, ages 18 months to 12 years by providing an unrivaled educational experience. With four campuses in Miami, Florida, AMS has earned a reputation as a place where the Teachers and Staff truly care about their students. This nurturing at mosphere, coupled with the Montessori Method, creates a dynamic environment where children “Learn to Love to Learn.” We invite you to explore the Alexander Montessori School website and discover the difference.

  • Ludlam Road Campus
    Elementary Grades 1-5 | Ages 6-12
    14850 SW 67th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33158
    P: 305.235.3995 | F: 305.252.9778
  • Old Cutler Road Campus
    Preschool/Toddler Ages 2-6
    14400 Old Cutler Road
    Miami, FL 33158
    P: 305.233.4540 | F: 305.253.7322
  • Palmetto Bay Campus
    Preschool/Toddler Ages 1½-6
    17800 Old Cutler Road
    Miami, FL 33157
    P: 305.969.1814 | F: 305.969.3974
  • Red Road Campus
    Preschool/Admin. Office Ages 3-6
    6050 SW 57th Avenue
    Miami, FL 33143
    P: 305.665.6274 | F: 305.665.7726
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