City Montessori School
“CMS creates a better future for all children by maximising their opportunities through quality education and initiatives for unity and development.”
The City Montessori School (CMS) Lucknow, India, was founded in 1959 by a young visionary couple, Mr. Jagdish Gandhi, a socially motivated Gandhian, along with his wife Dr (Mrs.) Bharti Gandhi, M.Ed., Child Psychologist.
The husband and wife team were greatly inspired by the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. They wanted the school to be an instrument for inculcating values of universal brotherhood and the cultivation of virtues. The stirring call of Mahatma Gandhi and his disciple Vinoba Bhave ‘Jai Jagat’ (Glory be to the World), became the school motto. The CMS mission is to create a better future for all children by maximising opportunities for children through holistic, values-based education of the highest quality and through initiatives that promote unity and meaningful social action for development.
In 1974, the Gandhis accepted the Baha’i Faith and Mr. Gandhi dropped politics to work full time on education. Soon the ideological commitment of the school attracted the more discerning parents of the city who chose to send their children to CMS.
The Gandhis were able to attract a dedicated team of principals and teachers, some of whom were students and trainees in the first teachers training college that the Gandhis had simultaneously begun. Many of these early associates are still involved with the institution in various capacities.Today, CMS is the world’s largest school in a city as per Guinness Book of World Record. It has 19 branch campuses spread over the city of Lucknow with over 57,000 students on roll. Its academic performance is the envy of all with annual results of almost 100 percent of the students passing with the first division or Grade ‘A’ marks.
The efforts of CMS in building a better future for the children and people of the world have been universally acknowledged with the City Montessori School Society being accorded NGO status by the United Nations Department of Public Information (UN-DPI).