Our History

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It all started IN the fall of 1985 when…

our founder, Tom Taylor, opened the doors of Blue Ridge Montessori School in an old building in Forest, Virginia. Originally, he was the owner, administrator and lead teacher. He believed strongly in the long-term impact of Montessori education on our community and the future. We later became a registered nonprofit in 1999 with a fully functioning Board of Directors made up of Montessorians, parent volunteers and local business leaders. 

In the summer of 2009, BRMS moved to its current location in Forest, Virginia, into a building that is specifically designed for the Montessori environment. The move provided the opportunity to expand our program to two Pre-Primary classrooms and two Primary classrooms. 

In 2015, we purchased the land that will be the home of our permanent location. We are currently in the planning phase of our one-of-a-kind educational facility that will encompass almost 18 acres in the heart of Forest, Virginia. We envision a new community campus serving children aged 0-18 years and their families. It will be an extension of Blue Ridge Montessori School's existing elementary, preschool, and infant/toddler programs with the addition of a middle school, high school, parent/community education center and Montessori teacher training facility. You can read more about our new school and donate to our Capital Campaign here. 


BRMS is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization allowing for donations to the school to be tax deductible to the full extent permissible by law. Our Head of School and Directors are responsible for the day-to-day operations.

Montessori can change the world, it really can.
— Tom Taylor, Founder of Blue Ridge Montessori School