In 2003 Children’s Meeting House moved into a state-of-the-art facility, putting all of its classrooms, offices and library under one roof. The school building includes spacious classrooms, a multi-purpose room, extended technological resources, and teacher and staff offices.
The school building is located on eight rolling acres of woods and meadows. The campus features an eco-learning lab, which includes organic flower and vegetable gardens, an orchard, a pond, and several nature trails. In addition, CMH has access to the Grailville Conference Center’s facility, with its 350 acres of lush hills, fields and woodlands, as well as a creekbed full of 500-million-year-old fossils. Children are given ample opportunity to explore and interact with this rich and varied environment.
Children’s Meeting House has a faculty of Montessori-trained teachers, both American Montessori Society and American Montessori International training programs. We are affiliated with the American Montessori Society and Ohio Independent Schools.
In 1972 Lucia Brown and Ann Smith began looking for a school for their young boys. They had attended Xavier University together to receive their Montessori training. After looking around the area, they decided they could do it just as well, and began the Children’s Meeting House with 13 three- to six- year olds in a rented church in Montgomery. Growth and development came quickly over the next few years with the addition of an afternoon half-day program (for our ages 3-6) and the Junior Elementary (for ages 6-9 ) and our first parent group. Soon we outgrew space and began looking for a new home.
In 1976 we were fortunate to find the basement of a converted dairy barn in the midst of 350 beautiful acres owned by Grailville. After making some renovations, we were delighted to be in our new “Country School.” In 1981, the Senior Elementary (for ages 9-12) program began.
As we continued to increase enrollment, we began to plan for our very own future space. We purchased six acres from Grailville and began our capital campaign to raise funds for a new building. The first phase was completed in 1996, our current building housing all our programs was completed in 2003. Along with the new building, we developed our beautiful outside space as a learning lab for nature studies.