HAMPTON—Hampton Roads International Montessori School (HRIMS) recently announced the opening of its second campus. The new campus will be located near the NASA Research Center and Langley Air Force Base at 23 Semple Farm Road. To celebrate, the school—in conjunction with the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce—will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, August 13 at noon.
The Montessori School currently has a campus at Oyster Point in Newport News. A second campus will enable the school to double enrollment capacity. HRIMS has become a Childcare Aware and VA Subsidy Provider, allowing for financial assistance to be available to military and lower income families.
A press release provided by the school states that HRIMS believes education is the best equalizer for minorities and lower income communities. In order to allow the community the opportunity for excellent early and elementary educational programs that have been proven to make a difference later in life, those opportunities need to be accessible and affordable to all families.
The new is situated on four acres across from Langley AFB’s main entrance and includes an 18,000-square-foot facility that offers multiple classrooms, a kitchen, administrative offices, and an event hall.
Founded in 1973, HRIMS is currently offering programs from toddler (16 months) up to 12 years of age and has a culturally diverse student body that speaks more than 20 different languages.
“Our teachers, administration, and I are thrilled,” said Michelle D’Antonio, HRIMS’s Head of School. “We love our current campus in Oyster Point, but with the addition of the Hampton Campus, we can double student capacity—a much needed move given strong community demand for the HRIMS educational model and our current building enrollment at capacity.”