Richmond Montessori School, Inc.
499 North Parham Road
Richmond VA 23229
Mission Statement Richmond Montessori School is a premier Montessori community dedicated to providing an authentic Montessori education for children ranging in age from 2 to 14, while inspiring academic excellence and nurturing human potential. 
CEO/Executive Director Grainne Murray
Board Chair Allison Held
Board Chair Company Affiliation State Corporation Commision
Contact Information
Address 499 North Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23229
Telephone 804 741-0040
Fax 804 741-5341
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1967
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $3,767,658.00
Projected Expenses $3,644,828.00
Mission Richmond Montessori School is a premier Montessori community dedicated to providing an authentic Montessori education for children ranging in age from 2 to 14, while inspiring academic excellence and nurturing human potential. 
  1. Succesfully completed reaccreditation requirements for the American Montessori Society (AMS). 
  2. Succesfully completed reaccreditation requirements for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
  3. Adopted a Master Campus Expansion Plan
  4. Launched a Capital Campaign to fund Step One of the Master Campus Expansion Plan
  1. Additional space to accommodate the growth of our current student population in the upper grade levels.
  2. Enhanced space to accommodate current specialty programs.
  3. Improvements to modify current traffic and pedestrian flow to enhance safety.
  4. Continue to build philanthropic ties in the community.
  5. Continue to educate general community about the benefits of a Montessori education.
Richmond Montessori School (RMS) was founded more than 45 years ago, when a group of forward-thinking parents brought the internationally acclaimed Montessori Method to Richmond, Virginia. RMS has provided parents an alternative to traditional public / private school models ever since. 
We have experienced amazing growth and phenomenal success as a national model for Montessori programs and as a leader in independent school education. RMS is distinctive in its dual accreditation by both the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). While there are more than 5,000 schools nationally that claim to utilize the principles of Montessori, only 160 are AMS accredited. RMS is one of only two schools in Virginia to hold both the AMS and VAIS accreditations. 
RMS is governed by a fiscally responsible Board of Trustees. The school’s operations and programs are funded entirely by tuition and fees. Annually, private non-capital gifts support enhancements in four core areas – Montessori classroom environments and materials; financial aid; specialty programming; and professional development. As a result of prudent planning and strong administrative and Board leadership, the school is in a secure financial position to embrace the future
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Metro Richmond
Richmond, City
Chesterfield County
Goochland County
Hanover County
Henrico County
Powhatan County
RMS serves the Richmond Metropolitan area and the surrounding localities, welcoming students and families from 37 zip codes.
Board Chair
Board Chair Allison Held
Company Affiliation State Corporation Commision
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Chris Campbell Community Volunteer
Tara Casey University of Richmond
Rob Davenport C.F. Sauer Co.
Sonny Gupta Daybreak IT Solutions
Allison Held State Corporation Commission
Jerry Larkin Genworth Financial
Aaron McClung University of Richmond
Lia Mooney Community Volunteer
Grainne Murray Richmond Montessori School
Elena Parrino Altria
Kay Quagliano Richmond Animal League
Falcon Rankins Community Volunteer
Shannon Sinclair University of Richmond
Brie Starke GBW Systems Inc.
Jenn Walker Community Volunteer
John Wick Wells Fargo Bank
Tom Woodward VCU
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Indian
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 9
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Grainne Murray

Grainne is a passionate educator and authentic Montessorian with over 15 years of experience at RMS.  She has long been dedicated to carrying out the school's mission and her combined experience as a certified Montessori Primary Teacher, Director of Admissions and Student Life, and Assistant Head of School makes her an excellent choice to lead this growing school.

Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
External Assessments and Accreditations
American Montessori Society2012
Virginia Association of Independent Schools2012
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $3,767,658.00
Projected Expenses $3,644,828.00
Endowment Value $366,366.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage (if selected) 10
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$171,372$189,510$175,901
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,776$25,541$40,340
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$3,471,358$3,367,601$3,003,809
Administration Expense$412,447$420,641$616,548
Fundraising Expense$13,791$14,167$25,240
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.131.12
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue8%7%14%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$9,297,362$9,537,163$9,724,995
Current Assets$1,132,893$1,015,270$791,520
Long-Term Liabilities$1,902,549$2,318,662$2,920,453
Current Liabilities$761,995$717,929$795,382
Total Net Assets$6,632,818$6,500,572$6,009,160
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.491.411.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets20%24%30%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose Step One of the Master Campus Plan has begun and includes the Upper Elementary and Science Building as part of a more expansive build-out. Step One also includes all site work on North Campus for future buildings.
Dates Nov 2011 to June 2013
Amount Raised To Date $701,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Organization Comments AudiRichmond Montessori School (RMS) is entering a new phase in its history – one that will expand the campus and greatly increase our ability to deliver the strong academic environment and the robust Montessori experience for which we are well known. Our enrollment is projected to grow, particularly at the upper elementary and middle school levels. The construction of a new Upper Elementary and Science academic building is central to achieving our objective: provide the space and resources for upper elementary and middle school students who wish to continue their Montessori education with RMS.