Southern Montessori Education Centre is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation currently offering programs from Toddlers and Preschool through to Year 9. It was founded in 1982 by a group of parents seeking a Montessori educational program for their preschool children. In 1987, through the sustained efforts of parents and staff, a primary school program was established at Christies Beach.
The School moved to its present location in August 1995. Although not a purpose built Montessori environment, every effort has been made to ensure that classrooms are aesthetically pleasing, well resourced and organised. In 2014, an Adolescent Program (Years 7 & 8) was offered for the first time as our community builds towards a comprehensive Montessori Middle School in the southern suburbs. In 2015, our Adolescent Community (Years 7 – 9) relocated to our Karawatha Campus, approximately 1 km from the main campus. In 2016, we introduced Baby Steps, catering for children aged 12 months – 2 years.
The governing body is a Board of Governors, elected at the Annual General Meeting held each March.
The school is a member of Montessori Australia Foundation, the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and is also affiliated with the Montessori World Educational Institute.