About AMS: History
The Aurora Montessori School story began in 1989 when the founder and Principal of Aurora Montessori, Sharon Kashani, rented a picturesque farmhouse on the corner of Bayview Avenue and Wellington Street in Aurora. Mrs. Kashani’s main goal was to create an environment and educational curricula that would enhance the learning of children on all levels. Her vision was to provide academic support while allowing each child to recognize his or her inner potential and talent. Upon opening, AMS accommodated twelve students who were enrolled at the newly founded school.
AMS programs were specifically developed to assist children during their most formative years, an approach which many of Aurora’s young families embraced. The values and unique style of teaching and learning at AMS quickly helped the school gain recognition within the community. The school initially focused on children aged 3-6, and gradually expanded to include a larger variety of age groups. As our attic filled with books and our walls in drawings and student photos, it became clear that our small farmhouse was becoming too small to accommodate our growing student body. With four portable classrooms added in the coming years, the AMS community continued to blossom and grow to just over 120 students.
By September of 1998, the school’s programs had become well established, and our modest Wellington campus was upgraded to today’s 30,000 square foot facility that comprises ample working space for our students and staff. The current state-of-the-art facility and advanced learning programs provide a snapshot of the schools’ historical trajectory towards new and exciting frontiers of learning and child development.
Today, AMS sits on 14 rolling acres at the end of the beautiful winding Aurora road, on the corner of St. John’s Sideroad and Industrial Parkway. AMS holds true to Mrs. Kashani’s vision, as AMS staff, parents, and children continually advance towards a brighter educational future. The spirit of AMS is one that continues to grow and develop as a part of the local Aurora community, and we are happy to welcome new faces and familiar friends alike. Children from 18 months to 14 years of age are welcome to enjoy the advantages of our thriving educational establishment.
Mr. Mahmoud Kashani is the owner of Aurora Montessori School. When his wife, Sharon Kashani, passed away in October, 2004, after 15 years of lovingly managing this unique educational facility, Mr. Kashani vowed to keep his wife’s vision alive. Today, the school continues to thrive, offering unsurpassed learning opportunities for students from all across York Region.