About Us

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Founded in 1974, Chemung Valley Montessori School provides high quality, individualized education for children from age 2 through 8th grade. CVMS+, our after-school enrichment program, benefits students as well as working parents. CVMS typically enrolls between 160 – 175 students.

CVMS is one of thousands of schools across the US and worldwide whose educational philosophy is based on the principles of Italian physician and anthropologist, Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). The innovative curriculum is built on an understanding of children’s cognitive growth and development and designed to respect and promote each child’s individuality. We go beyond traditional academics in developing the whole child.

Using Montessori teaching methods and educational materials, we guide students to become self-motivated lifelong learners, independent thinkers, and responsible citizens with a broader understanding of the world. Our alumni have an exceptional track record of academic success in high school, college, and graduate and professional schools and reflect the values that we help to cultivate.

At CVMS, students are grouped in multi-age classrooms, enabling them to learn from one another as well as their Montessori-trained teachers. By keeping students with the same teachers for three years, we are able to know them well, track their progression, and guide them in their cognitive, social, and emotional growth. We are particularly proud of our exceptionally skilled, caring, and dedicated faculty.

Chemung Valley Montessori School is a private, non-profit, non-sectarian organization.


Thank you for your interest in Chemung Valley Montessori School. Located in Big Flats, NY, which is convenient to Corning, Horseheads, and Elmira, CVMS is a Toddler through 8th grade Montessori school with values that are deeply rooted in community, and one that educates the whole child by tending to the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of each of our students.

CVMS is a positive and collegial community with a commitment to our mission: Embracing the Montessori philosophy, we nurture each child’s individual potential, passion for lifelong learning, and sense of world community.

Our culture promotes lifelong learning, and our faculty have opportunities available to them to continue expanding their knowledge of both their disciplines and the field of education. Through in-house mentoring as well as external conferences and workshops, we support and encourage our teachers to continue to grow and learn.



At Chemung Valley Montessori School, we have proudly delivered an authentic Montessori education to children toddler age through Eighth grade for more than 42 years. We are delighted that you are considering CVMS for your child and we hope that our website will give you a good overview of our program and faculty and staff, and the unique aspects of our community which make us unlike any other school in the Twin Tiers area.

First, we are most proud of our long-term, dedicated and talented faculty and staff who are passionate about providing a high quality Montessori education every day. Second, our children enjoy spacious and naturally lit classrooms as well as meticulously prepared environments authentic Montessori materials.


BREAKING NEWS: CVMS is planning for an in-person instructional model, 5 days per week, for the 2020-2021 school year, beginning in September. If you are looking for a small school setting that provides a strong academic program, please consider CVMS. Our facilities allow us to meet state & health department guidelines. Openings are available, but we are filling up fast. Call 562-8754 to schedule a tour!