Established in 1992 with seven children of food pantry clients as an outreach of Grace Episcopal Church, Allentown, Grace Montessori School is a not-for-profit, urban school and childcare center, licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and registered as a private, non-public school with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
In keeping with its historic roots as a social ministry of the church to help provide quality early childhood education for the children of poor families in downtown Allentown, Grace Montessori School continues to provide scholarship assistance, based solely upon financial need, to approximately 30 percent of its student body. This commitment allows children of families who cannot afford to provide a private school education the means to do so and helps broaden the diversity of the student body to include more socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity than most Montessori programs which, while typically culturally and religiously diverse, are predominantly middle and upper middle class economically.
The school’s new state-of-the-art facility in what had been the administrative offices of Hess’s Department Store on the ground level of the store’s parking garage was dedicated in December of 2004. In partnership with the Allentown Parking Authority, the church had secured state and local funding to construct this purpose-built school for its early childhood program. Continued growth and the addition, in 2006, of an early elementary program, required additional expansion.
Download the Oct. 2008 newsletter of Grace Montessori School