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Founded in 1972, Bay Farm is one of the oldest and largest Montessori Schools in the South Shore Region.

1972   Pam and Leo Malboeuf founded Munch-Kin Montessori with 8 preschool students in what is now the office of an accredited, independent school for toddlers through eighth graders.

For the next twenty-five years, the School grew steadily, continuing to serve children through the kindergarten year.  During this period, Montessori schools were being started throughout the country, meeting the needs of families seeking schools for their children where respect and love of learning were central to their education.

1985   A group of parents, who wished their children to be able to continue their Montessori education beyond the kindergarten year, formed a Board of Trustees to create Bay Farm Academy, a Montessori elementary program.

Munch-Kin Montessori’s enrollment exceeded 150, and Bay Farm Academy, a not-for-profit elementary school, was founded and opened with 12 students.

1990   The Great Room was built to provide an environment to enable the daily integration of performing arts into the curriculum.

Additional elementary classrooms were constructed, and enrollment increased to 170 students.

Over the next few years, a new art room was created, and a stage was added to the Great Room.

1996   Toddler House was built and an adjacent two-acre parcel of land was purchased.  The house on the newly acquired land was renovated to provide expanded classroom facilities for Bay Farm’s older elementary students.

1998   (December) Munch-Kin Montessori and Bay Farm Academy merged into one not-for-profit school, Bay Farm Montessori Academy (Bay Farm).

1999   Bay Farm received its first accreditation from the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE).

2000   A two-story elementary building was opened to bring together 5 classrooms of students in Elementary I (Grades 1-3) and II (Grades 4-6).

2001   Pam and Leo Malboeuf retired.

Marcia Gardère became the Head of School and took residence in the original farmhouse that Pam and Leo bought in 1972.

The Board acquired a two-acre parcel above the school’s playground.

During the process of planning for the use of the new property, the School embarked on a Strategic Planning process.

2002   The Board ratified the Strategic Plan, which provides a structured approach to ensuring the future of the School.  It outlines recommendations and action goals for the next ten years, and provides a framework for all decisions that will be made during this time.

2003   Bay Farm acquired a one-acre parcel at 163 Loring Street, a piece of property that had previously bisected the 8.2 acre campus.

A Campus Development Committee began working with an architectural firm to create a Campus Master Plan. This plan outlines building projects to meet the Strategic Plan goal of providing for a campus and facilities that reflect and support the mission of the School.

2006   Bay Farm presented preliminary plans to the Duxbury Planning Board for “Phase I” of a campus improvement project to include:  construction of a new academic building to replace the current Children’s House; construction of a field house for physical education, dramatic productions and large school functions; and a new traffic design to improve parking, traffic flow, and safety on campus.

Marcia Gardère stepped down from her position as Head of School, and Philip S. Deeley was hired as Interim Head of School.

2007   Bay Farm celebrated its 35th Gala Anniversary.

Kevin Clark was named Head of School.

2009   Bay Farm opened the doors to its beautiful new Children’s House Building, embarked on a year-long collaboration with the Harvard University Landscape Institute to design a new Campus Master Plan reflecting the educational mission of the School, and established an endowment for the first time in the School’s history.

Bay Farm expanded its excellent educational programming to include students in 7th and 8th grade with the opening of its new Middle School.

2012   Bay Farm celebrated its 40th Anniversary.

2016   Kevin Clark stepped down from the Head of School position.  Hauke Kite-Powell was named Interim Head of School, as the board began a search for the next Head.

2017   Conrad Wildsmith was named new Head of School and began his new role in July 2017.