There are many reasons to choose Cedar Valley Montessori School for your child. We encourage all families to tour our facility in order to get a feel for the Montessori style of education and our approach to individualized education. A CVMS education is designed to fit each child, rather than expecting the child to fit the program. The proven Montessori approach works with children to instill a natural love of learning that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Education for the Whole Child

CVMS is Cedar Rapids’ only 5-day-a-week Montessori Preschool/Kindergarten. In keeping with the philosophy of Dr. Montessori, we believe that education nurtures the intellectual, physical, emotional, moral, and spiritual needs of children. The Montessori environment is designed to develop a child’s essential attributes such as curiosity, empathy, creativity, self-discipline, independence, responsibility, leadership, and civility.

Location and Facilities

Located in the heart of downtown Cedar Rapids with seven newly remodeled, spacious, natural light-filled classrooms, a large, multi-use indoor atrium and gymnasium, a securely fenced outdoor play area and a state-of-the-art security system. We are centrally located in downtown Cedar Rapids and are easily accessible from I-380.

Qualified Faculty & Staff

Each of CVMS’ five, multi-ages classrooms of 3- to 6-year-olds is guided by an educator who has both a four-year college degree as well as Montessori certification from the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the North American Montessori Center (NAMC). This teacher is also aided by a Montessori-trained Directress and Assistant. Meet our faculty and staff.

Connections & Community

CVMS has been a part of the Cedar Rapids community since 1971. The CVMS school community is a vibrant and inclusive group, bound by a shared commitment to providing children with the best possible early education.

Diversity and Inclusivity

CVMS is a non-denominational school welcoming students of all races, colors, creeds, national origins and family compositions.

Enrichment Opportunities

CVMS offers enriching Studio Programs outside of the regular classrooms in music, art, dance, culinary skills, yoga, and foreign language.

Support for Working Families

CVMS offers three full work cycles that incorporate wrap-around childcare for working families.


CVMS is licensed by the State of Iowa for Preschool and Child Care.