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Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy, Gilbert offers families in the East Valley of Phoenix a unique learning environment because we offer both Montessori and traditional preschool programming. Our school is open year-round and maintains low student-teacher ratios in our classrooms to ensure we are providing your child the best possible early educational experiences. We also have new programs available to support virtual learning for school age children.

Our Programs

Our Mission

The mission at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy, Gilbert is to provide children with a preschool environment that nurtures and encourages them to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. We help children develop the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, and ideas which are essential for a lifetime of creative thinking and learning.

Kind Child

Kind Child LogoKindness is the foundation of our school’s culture and our directors, teachers, and staff are committed to practicing kindness in their daily interactions with one another and with each child. We want every child to feel welcome and at home at our preschool and we encourage our students to develop important social-emotional skills and valuable character traits as part of our Kind Child program. Our school regularly hosts Kind Child events including our annual Trike-A-Thon, which raises funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Staff and Faculty

Our staff is dedicated to encouraging self-directed, competent, caring, and enthusiastic learners. All of our lead teachers are Montessori certified and have a bachelor’s degree. In addition, all teachers and assistants are CPR and First Aid certified. We provide on-going support and training for all staff members. We are extremely proud of our professional and caring team of teachers and administrators at Smaller Scholars Montessori Academy, Gilbert. They make a difference!

Arizona Tax Credits

Arizona allows you to turn your state taxes into tuition scholarships for children attending private school. You can support your friends and family in their educational choices by making a donation to Arizona Tuition Connection. Your state tax liability is then turned into scholarships.

By choosing this tax credit program, you take control of your taxes. For full details on all of the rules of donating and how your funds can be used, visit

Reviews from Parents

4.9 Rating based on 74 Reviews
Ashten Fransioli • Facebook
January 22, 2021
I have had two of my children attend SSM over the last three years. The teachers are so caring and Miss Darling and Miss Tiphanie have created an atmosphere of fun and community that is difficult to find, especially now during this pandemic. They and the rest of the staff have handled the difficulties of the last year with grace and professionalism, and I am very proud-and grateful-to have my children in their care.
Posey Parkes • Google
January 20, 2021
Mariah Chavez • Facebook
December 30, 2020
We love this place and all of the staff and teachers. My daughter is always excited to get to school in the mornings! They do such an amazing job in all aspects of what they do and im so happy we chose Smaller Scholars for our daughter.
Joshua Cameron • Google
December 04, 2020

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