Villa di Maria Montessori School to Kick Off $6M Campus Transformation

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Villa di Maria Montessori, a private school in Kirkwood, is set to embark on a $6M campus transformation. The project, designed by Tao + Lee Associates, will remake the 6.2-acre site, eventually replacing the existing three classroom buildings and other structures. The campus also serves as home to Camp Pegnita (ages 5-15), a summer camp founded in 1948.

Founded in 1967 by Pearl Vanderwall, Villa di Maria Montessori offers Primary (2 1/2 to 6-year-olds), Lower Elementary (6 to 9-year-olds), and Upper Elementary (9 to 12-year-olds) education. Vanderwall studied Montessori methodology with the late Dr. Maria Montessori. Villa is a member of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

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The school moved to its present location at 1280 Simmons Avenue in 1987 and has grown from fewer than 100 students in 2012 to nearly 150. Groundbreaking for the project’s $3M first phase will take place in August and should be completed by May 2017. Planned is a new 7,000sf classroom building, pool house, and pavilion. A second phase would include a gym and administrative offices, while a third phase would bring additional classroom buildings.

The project will be funded by a $5M capital campaign, existing funds, and financing. Initially scheduled to begin last year, construction cost estimates delayed the project. A temporary classroom was brought on-site to accommodate growing enrollment.

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*My two older children attend Villa di Maria and Camp Pegnita. They think it’s one of the best places on earth. I think they may be right. If you ever want to know more about our experience, or Montessori education in general, I’d be happy to connect.