School Expansion and
Building Project Historical Timeline:
Great Beginnings opens.
Great Beginnings moves from sharing space with Eagle Mount to a 1968 remodeled 3100 square-foot single-family home, on approximately one acre on Springhill Lane.
Creation of an outdoor classroom, with shaded pergolas, garden boxes, a greenhouse, composting, and a natural amphitheater.
Building remodel to add administrative offices, create a large “Community Room” with lockers, space for classroom overflow, and aftercare.
Creation of a natural playground with natural boulders for climbing, a hill with a built-in slide and tunnel, a cycle path for tricycles, and a labyrinth walk around the Peace Pole area.
Teachers set a "big, hairy audacious goal" to become the most sought-after school in SW Montana.
Creation of 3-year 2014-2017 Strategic Plan for the Great Beginnings Montessori School Board of Directors.
Expansion Phase 1: Expanded school programming to add toddlers. Creation of the Rainbow Room. Goal: Add lower ages to support enrollment and keep families longer.
Remodel of administrative offices.
Creation of the "dream classroom" for our kindergartners - a yurt. Goal: To provide an exceptional learning environment that connects children to the outdoors, provides a community-space for parenting workshops and continuing education.
Parking lot paved to create additional parking.
Expanded summer camp to double programming and expand camp offerings.
The MSU School of Architecture and its 50+ second year design studio students created site proposals for our dream campus.
Fences moved and new play structure created for larger children, expanding the summer programming to include 1st – 3rd graders.
A generous GBMS family anonymously donated $300,000 to lay the foundation for our expanded school.
Expansion Phase 2: Expanded school programming to open a third preschool classroom. Creation of the second campus and the Foothills classroom. Goal: Data shows that three preschool classrooms support one lower elementary classroom.
Implementation of the 3-year 2018-2021 Strategic Plan for the Great Beginnings Montessori School Board of Directors.
Expanded Summer Camp programming for ages 2 through 13, toddler - 7th grade.
Expansion Phase 3: Expanded school programming to open a lower elementary program for grades 1st - 3rd grades for Fall 2018.
Great Beginnings Montessori School, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, has a 32-year history of successfully serving children and families within the Gallatin Valley. Founded in 1986 by a group of parents, the school moved to its current location in 2001.
The current enrollment serves 100+ families on two campuses for the 2017/18 academic school year, and served 93 families from age 2 – through 3rd grade with its 2017 Summer Camps.
You can also request more information with this form:
To request more information:
Contact: Gennifre Hartman,
the Head of School on behalf of the Expansion Committee