The Montessori School of San Antonio was founded as the Judson School – a Montessori Workshop in 1974 by Gay and Jim Judson. That year, 18 Primary level students (aged 3 to 6) attended classes in space leased from Asbury United Methodist Church on San Pedro Avenue. After the school expanded to three sections of Primary students, it began to serve older children as well, adding its first section of Lower Elementary in 1981 and Upper Elementary in 1985. Pressed for space, in 1986 the rapidly-expanding school found a new home at 705 Trafalgar, the current location of the Alamo Heights Tennis Center. That same year the school added its first Middle School class.
The school continued to grow in enrollment and scope of program on the Trafalgar campus. School leaders began to plan for a school-owned, permanent location, and in 1996 the “Growing the Vision” capital campaign was initiated for this purpose. In 1997, the school received accreditation from the Independent School Association of the Southwest, an organization whose 89 school membership includes top-tier independent schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
1999-2000 was a pivotal year for the Judson Montessori School. With the cooperation and support of Rogers Ranch developers, the school secured a 24-acre parcel at the intersection of 1604 and Rogers Ranch Parkway, and completed construction of a new building and surrounding environment designed specifically to meet the learning criteria set out by Dr. Maria Montessori. Enrollment increased by 26 percent during the first year on the new campus. In 2008, the Judson Montessori School Board approved a change of school name to The Montessori School of San Antonio to reflect better its role and standing in the community. Since 2008, the school has experienced enrollment growth from 270 to 330 students, driven almost entirely by student retention in the upper grades.
“For a parent, there are few experiences more rewarding than knowing your children spend their days encouraged to expand natural talents, challenged to move beyond individual difficulties, and motivated to extend interests into aspects of all academic and artistic disciplines. This is our experience at MSSA.”