The Montessori School of Baton Rouge was organized in 1964 by a group of community members interested in the Montessori Method. The group met for approximately one year on a weekly basis intent on hiring a directress and opening a Montessori school for Baton Rouge.
Miss Vera Cramer, a student of Dr. Maria Montessori and a native from Ceylon, was located and hired in August of 1965. The Catholic diocese supported the group’s efforts by giving $5,000 for the purchase of materials and travel expenses for Miss Cramer.
In 1966, the first class of six children began their work at St. Agnes until its closure. The Board of Directors, at that time, decided to become independent and open a school. The next location was on Napoleon Street. The school grew from six to sixty students. After a one-year merger with Trinity Episcopal Day School, the parents felt the best interest for the school would be to locate the school on its own again, so construction began in 1980 at the Wimbledon location.
In 2017, MSBR expanded to include a second campus at our Perkins location. This campus began with one classroom serving a few children but has grown to now offer a toddler program along with a full primary classroom.
Today the Montessori School of Baton Rouge is an early childhood, independent non-profit school enrolling 80 students ranging in age from 18 months to 6 years (toddler through kindergarten). We are accredited through the State Department of Education with certified Montessori teachers and classroom assistants committed to the children we serve. We have proudly contributed to the Baton Rouge community for almost 60 years with our goal to continue making Montessori education accessible to all children in our area.