History of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
A group of neighborhood parents and community leaders opened Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. At its inception, the school served 20 children, ages three to five, in one basement classroom of the First Presbyterian Church on Henry Street.
BHMS moved to a bigger space at 129 Montague Street to accommodate a larger student body.
The school moved to our current home at 185 Court Street in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood and soon thereafter purchased an adjacent building
In September, BHMS opened the doors to our newly expanded, 40,000 square foot facility, conceived and designed specifically to house our Montessori program.
The School began its Montessori inspired Twos Program, and the after school program, Montessori Afternoons Plus, for children ages three to twelve who attend BHMS as well as surrounding neighborhood schools.
The first class of eighth graders graduated.
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School was accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the Preschool program was accredited by the American Montessori Society.
In response to increased enrollment in the Elementary and Middle School programs, the school purchased an adjacent firehouse at 12 Dean Street in July, and launched a capital campaign that raised over $2,000,000. The school undertook a $7,000,000 project which included a full renovation of the firehouse as well as extensive renovations to the existing building.
In September, BHMS opened the renovated existing campus with expanded elementary suites including additional classrooms, a new library, and a learning kitchen.
In April, the renovated firehouse was completed with the Firehouse Theater, a state-of-the-art performance space as well as a new Middle School suite with additional classrooms, an expanded terrace garden, and a common space for community gatherings.
In July, Brooklyn Heights Montessori School was re-accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and fully accredited by the American Montessori Society for all programs through Middle School.
In celebration of BHMS's 50th anniversary, the Board of Trustees developed a Strategic Plan to strengthen and grow the school. As part of that plan Raise the Roof was launched, a capital campaign to create a play and work space on the Firehouse roof, renovate the VAPA classrooms, and redesign the Lower School roof.
Raise the Roof is completed! The turf field, outdoor classroom, and garden space on the Firehouse roof is opened to students.