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Celebrating 50 Years

Celebrating 50 Years

In 1973, a small group of dedicated teachers opened The Montessori Community School. Now, 50 years later, Inly School continues to inspire students with an innovative Montessori+ approach.

1973: Charles Terranova and Steve Callender founded the Montessori Community School (TMCS). The school opened with 30 children, ages 2–10. Steve Callender purchased the small home and abutting property that we know today as Founders House, with the hope of opening the school there. The town decided it wasn’t safe for the school to operate out of the house, so the team pooled resources and put up a modular building in record time.

1982: Less than 10 years later, the school more than doubled in size with 100 students.

1986: Upper Elementary program (grades 4–6) was added.

1990: Land for field and parking lot acquired.

1993: Middle School program added.

1995: First graduating class of the Inly Middle School—2 students.

1996: Founding Head of School, Charles Terranova retires. Donna Milani Luther is appointed as the new Head of School.

2002: November “barn raising” ceremony for the Meehan Family Artsbarn, which house art and music rooms and a large gymnasium and performance space.

2004: The name is changed to Inly School to better reflect the depth of school programs.
inly adverb
2: in a manner suggesting great depth of knowledge or understanding : THOROUGHLY

2005: Middle School property is acquired.

2006: A modular structure is added to Middle School to accommodate the growing student population.

2012: Sunflower Hill house and property is acquired providing ample space for organic gardening and outdoor events.

2013: At the urging of students who wanted animals to go with the barn, the school purchases several fiberglass cows at an auction following the closing of Hilltop Steakhouse. The cows serve as a visual reminder of the importance of maintaining the joyful spirit that drives our mission.

2014: Antico Commons opens.

2016: Grealish Pavillion with da Vinci Studio, Library, Think Tank, Meeting Room, and six new classrooms is added.

2017: Created the Discovery Trail with a nature path and story trail through the woods on Sunflower Hill.

2021: New Toddler House and administrative offices open.