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North Shore Montessori School provides an enriched learning environment that enables students in preschool through grade six to learn, develop and grow to their own unique potential. The school was founded in 2007 by Margaret Henry, director and head Children’s House teacher. Our mission is to develop the whole child in an environment based on the Montessori philosophy and methodology originally developed by Maria Montessori.


Our primary goal is that all of our students become confident lifelong learners, with a deep respect for themselves, others, and the world in which they live. Our focus in applying Montessori principles is to give each child the opportunity to be nurtured, educated and inspired at his or her own pace in order to optimize their personal educational experience.

We have the privilege of teaching bright and curious students from across the North Shore of Massachusetts—serving communities including Rowley, Ipswich, Boxford, Newburyport and beyond.


If you’re new to our region and would like to learn more about our values, academics, teaching staff or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Growing together

Teachers and students refer to NSMS as a family. We truly are a caring community that works together to make our Montessori education possible, enrich each other's lives, care for our classrooms and school grounds and help out when needed. The children take personal responsibility and pride in how our school functions; so do the staff, parent volunteers, and board members that contribute their time and talents.

North Shore Montessori is a 501c3 nonprofit.

We are grateful to the following individuals for serving on our board of directors: 

Margaret Henry, NSMS Founder & Director - Board President

Jessica Yuhasz, Institution for Savings  -Treasurer 

Susan Campbell, Writer and alumni parent

Brian Cummings, Attorney at Law



We'd love for you to come and visit us in person! See the school and wonderful playground, speak with teachers and students, and say hello to our animal friends (chickens, turtles and fish, currently). This video will give you a peek, in the meantime.

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