100 Years of Montessori in the U.S., 40 Years of Montessori in Redlands
In 1915, Montessori education was introduced to the United States, sowing the seeds for hundreds of Montessori schools to take root in the country.
In 1976, Montessori education took root in Redlands, with the founding of Montessori in Redlands.
More than 40 years later, MIR has blossomed to 12 acres, more than 350 students ages 18 months to 6th grade, and more than 2,300 graduates.
40th Anniversary Highlights
It took an entire school year to celebrate 40 years of Montessori in Redlands. We started with a celebration at the Redlands Bowl on August 21, 2015, as sponsors of the performance that evening, and ended with an all-community gathering on the final day of school, June 2, 2016.
In that time, we were able to connect with five of the first families and students to attend the school, two of the first teachers, and founding Board members. At the Redlands Bowl celebration, we held a reception for these alumni students, staff, and Board members. Some of our very first students and their children, current students of MIR, joined our sponsor presentation.
In 1976, Leon and Margie Armantrout, along with a handful of other parents, had a vision to create a Montessori school in Redlands. The first class opened in a rented church basement, moving to the Esri campus in the 1980s. In the 1990s, with major support from the community, MIR moved to its current location on Orange Ave.
Explore more of the history of MIR here and enjoy highlights from our celebrations throughout the year.