New Campus Opening This Fall
Construction of the future home of Fort Collins Montessori School (FCMS) is underway! Located at 1109 West Harmony Road in southwest Fort Collins, this property will be the future home of a permanent, unified FCMS campus.
With the opening of a new and larger campus, FCMS is able to offer more seats for enrollment for a limited time. Now is the time to apply for a slot for your child for the 2020-2021 school year. For our enrollment policy and more information, use the links below:
Since its founding in 2014, FCMS has leased space for its seven classrooms, 141 students and 21 staff from two church properties in Fort Collins. Upon completion of Phase I of construction, the FCMS Harmony Campus will accommodate three additional classrooms and 200 students. Phase II is expected to begin within 5 years to accommodate an additional 112 students.
In April 2019, the Poudre School District renewed the FCMS charter, which allowed us to build and expand upon the FCMS offering to the Fort Collins community through this permanent location. We are excited about what our new, prime location has to offer—designed specifically for our Montessori program and connecting our school with neighboring Front Range Community College campus and the Poudre District Harmony Library. Daniel Rinehart—FCMS Board Member
FCMS is the only public elementary Montessori option in northern Colorado and offers full- and half-day preschool as well as a tuition-free K-6th. With this move, FCMS will be able to offer more seats for enrollment and more Fort Collins families the Montessori experience.
It is a rare opportunity to be in a position to build a Montessori school from the ground up. Everything on our new campus—from cabinetry to flooring to ceilings—was designed with child development and the needs of the child in mind. Natural lighting, soft colors, and uncluttered spaces will set the stage for activity that is focused and calm. Paul Vincent, Head of School at FCMS.
The Montessori method of education was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori—an Italian physician and a child developmental psychologist. Dr. Montessori discovered that all children innately want to learn, and that encouraging, respecting, and supporting the “whole child” (their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions) leads to the best outcomes for each individual and each community of learners. Dr. Montessori was deeply committed to advocating for children and to supporting the growth of each child’s inner potential, regardless of socio-economic status.
Fort Collins Montessori School is an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), AMI/USA Member School, a John Irwin School of Excellence award recipient, a member of the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and is validated by the Colorado Montessori Association.
Applications for school enrollment are now being taken.
FCMS is grateful to all the friends and families that have given financially and tirelessly to make this permanent home a reality. We would also like to recognize the Poudre School District and project partners Hauser Architects, Elder Construction, and The FronTerra Group.
Fort Collins Montessori School provides a classic PreK-6th grade Montessori program that inspires and empowers children with an exceptional educational experience based on the principles and philosophy of Doctor Maria Montessori. Founded in 2014, FCMS is a Poudre School District public charter school and is the only Montessori school in northern Colorado to offer Montessori education past kindergarten.
In the Press
January 6, 2020: Last week we talked about the trees and how are making every effort to keep Fort Collins beautiful. Here are photos from the landscaping crew transplanting 12 of the healthy pine trees. Any others that were not able to be moved will be replaced and cared for properly moving forward.
January 13, 2020: Our new campus is looking very different than it did earlier last month. We have had a few questions about the decision/planning portion of the site plan and how it related to the trees. During the planning phase, our team of architects, construction crew, landscaping consulted with The City of Fort Collins Forestry Division and had them evaluate all of the trees on the 5-acre lot. It was from there that the plan was created to save as many of the existing healthy trees as possible and replace the others. From the beginning, keeping Fort Collins beautiful and clean has been a big priority.
January 25, 2020: Our official groundbreaking ceremony takes place this coming Saturday, February 1 from 1:00-2:00p. The property is primed and ready for construction to begin! Last week, our Head of School met with members of the Front Range Community College administrative team to introduce our school and explore potential partnerships. FRCC was very excited to have a new academic neighbor. We discussed multiple possibilities: field trips, going outs, shared spaces, etc.
February 8, 2020: On February 1, 2020, with a beautiful 68˚F break in a Colorado winter and a turnout of 200+ supporters of our school, Fort Collins Montessori School joyfully celebrated the official groundbreaking of its new, unified campus at 1109 W Harmony Rd in Fort Collins.
Thank you all who turned out—and a big thank you to our partner, Elder Construction, for hosting the event. We were honored to have school founders, Poudre School District’s (PSD) School Board President, Christophe Febvre, the PSD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools, Todd Lambert, and Liberty Commons Principal, Casey Churchill join us for the event.
FCMS friends, families, staff and community members had quite the time throwing shovelsful of dirt and snapping pictures to capture the moment! In addition to dirt flying, kids (and staff!) enjoyed climbing aboard an excavator and a marigold planting project. Students were free to roam the property and visualize where their new classrooms would be.
The new Harmony Campus will combine FCMS’ two existing locations into one and offer space for an additional 60 students. Open August 2020, the first phase includes 1 building just under 15,000 square feet with two playgrounds to support Pre-K through 6thgrade. The design provides open classroom settings with a connection to the outdoors and plenty of natural day lighting. The corridor space allows for circulation and provides areas for additional learning.
For more information, please reference this Elder Construction press release.
January 15, 2020: FCMS partnered with Poudre Fire Authority (PFA) to allow its firefighters to use the on-site buildings for training. Passersby witnessed firefighters making entry and exit holes in the roofs and walls of the buildings. It was exciting to watch and we assure you, this was not an act of vandalism, but another opportunity for FCMS to support our greater community!
January 15, 2020: The houses came down! Now that the buildings are down, we are set to start getting the foundation of the school poured. Though some of the process has been invisible, our crews have been working in the background framing up walls and working on prefabrication projects to keep us on track!