The history of Southern Montessori School is the story of our commitment to offering an authentic Montessori education in Adelaide’s southern suburbs.

Founded as a Preschool in 1983 by a group of parents seeking a Montessori education for their children, enrolments quickly grew and a primary school was established in 1989 moving to our present location in 1995.

In 2014, an Adolescent Program (Years 7 and 8) was offered for the first time as our community worked to establish a Montessori Middle School in the southern suburbs.

Finally, in 2019, after considerable searching, we were very excited to be able to open our new, purpose built Middle School for Years 7 to 9 in Woodcroft. Co-located with Kalyra Aged Care this move provides us with the unique opportunity to form an intergenerational partnership benefiting both students and Kalyra residents.

Our School Today

Today, Southern Montessori School provides an authentic, highly regarded Montessori education for children from 8 months of age to Year 9 across the following programs: Baby Steps, Toddlers, Preschool, Primary and Middle School.

The Montessori approach provides children with enduring intellectual capabilities, achieved through the framework of social and emotional learning. A vibrant community of learners, we are part of a close, supportive community and the future is looking bright.


The school is a member of the following organisations: Montessori Schools and Centres Australia, The Montessori Australia Foundation, and the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia. The school is also affiliated with the Montessori World Educational Institute.