The educational ideas of Dr. Maria Montessori permeated through the world and inspired countless people to free the child from the shackles of formal education. Instead, Dr. Montessori offered 'a prepared environment', where the child could perform activities with interest, joy and self achievement under the guidance of a trained Helper. Mongrace Montessori House was established in 1964 by the late Ms. Monjushree Chatterjee and the late Mrs. Grace Wasim Pina with such a view to guide children in their formative years. The name 'Mongrace' has been coined by combining the first names of the two Founders. The word House implies a home where children are not exposed to the dull atmosphere or regimentation of a school room but are allowed to progress in an environment reminiscent of their homes. The Suresh Amiya Memorial Trust (SAMT), a public charitable Trust founded by the late Dr. Sadhan C. Dutt for the promotion of art, science, education and healthcare, took over the management of Mongrace Montessori House in 1984.
Since 1964 Mongrace Montesori House has firmly believed in the principle, "Follow the child”. In a prepared environment children are led to ask questions, think for themselves, explore, investigate, and discover. Our teachers feel they are successful when they can say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." (Dr Maria Montessori) While believing that every child has areas of special gifts, a unique learning style, and some areas that can be considered special challenges we allow students to learn at their own pace. Once again quoting Dr. Montessori “One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.” I take pride in saying that every environment at Mongrace is a happy environment.