Our History

In 1975 our school’s forerunner, Nanaimo Montessori School, opened its first Primary classroom in a garage, bringing the authentic Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) experience to mid-Island students and families.


Discover Montessori Society has administered affairs since September 2003. The facility was renamed Discover Montessori School August 2011 to reflect the addition of a second campus in Parksville.


Our Parksville Campus (formerly Oceanside Montessori School) opened a Primary classroom in Qualicum Beach in 2008 in the St. Mark's Anglican Church’s basement.  It thrived, and outgrew the space quickly, relocating to its current location in Parksville in April 2011.


Discover Montessori School has continued to grow, with thriving Primary, Elementary, and Middle School classes serving 121 students aged 3–15 currently. Our future growth plans include moving the Nanaimo Campus to a purpose-built Montessori Farm School in 2019.

"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world"

Dr. Maria Montessori 

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