Welcome!

We are very proud of our school and would love to share our love of learning with your child. Our school provides a rich and supportive community for children’s growth and development as students. Through the educational methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, Canandaigua Montessori School seeks to encourage the acquisition of skills and attitudes that will form the basis of a love and desire for life-long learning and discovery. In addition, we hope to guide children to become independent, self-fulfilled, responsible individuals, and members of their communities.


Established in 1973, our non-profit organization is devoted to promoting standards of excellence in Montessori education. With five staff members, Canandaigua Montessori School now serves a total of 50 children, ages 18 months through 6 years of age. We currently offer toddler, primary, and kindergarten programs. Our curriculum covers a variety of subjects including math, science, literature, the arts, history, social issues, and the study of technology. Weather permitting, our children will have ample time for outdoor physical activity and fun.


If you have been wondering about a Montessori Education Program or already know about Montessori and want to see if our school is right for your child, please contact us for more information and to set up a tour of our school.

  • CHARTERED BY THE NYS BOARD OF REGENTS
  • LICENSED BY NEW YORK STATE
  • FOLLOWS THE CANANDAIGUA SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR

WHAT MAKES MONTESSORI GREAT ?

  • Your child learns at their own pace and at their own interest level.
  • Multi-age grouping results in children learning, teaching, and helping each other.
  • Independence: everything is accessible to your child so they can do as much as they are able and want to do for themselves.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, age, or disability.

The most important period of life is not university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to six.

The more fully the needs of one period are met, the greater will be the success of the next.

Dr. Maria Montessori

Canandaigua Montessori School is so much more than a preschool. It’s a welcoming community of teachers, parents and friends who have helped my daughter grow exponentially over the past two years. We’ve seen our 5-year-old develop such a strong sense of self and independence. Plus, she is kind and aspires to help the younger friends at her school. These are lessons that go far beyond what you learn in a classroom and for that we are eternally grateful to the staff at CMS. 

Former Parent

When the time came to register our daughter for preschool, it was an easy decision. As a 1977 graduate of the Canandaigua Montessori School, my husband and I knew that we wanted Alison to have a strong academic start and be immersed in an environment that cultivates enthusiasm for life long learning. CMS has exceeded our expectations in every aspect of our child’s development. Alison has thrived here because of nurturing teachers and her joy of learning thrills us. What an amazing start to her life journey!


Alison joins a long legacy of proud Prull graduates!
Prull Family Graduates:
Tamara A. Prull, M.D. – 1977
Heather Prull Ross – 1979
David W. Prull II – 1981
Sydney M. Ross – 2012
Brady C. Ross – 2014
Alison T. Makovec – 2019
Mackenzie A. Makovec – Future Class of 2023!

Dr. Tamara Prull