City Montessori School is a co-educational English medium private school that offers education from Pre-school up to K-12 level in Lucknow, India. The school was founded in 1959 by Drs Bharti Gandhi and Jagdish Gandhi. It held the 2010-11 Guinness Book of World Records for the largest school. In 2015 its enrollment has reached over 50,000 pupils. CMS is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. The City Montessori School, Gomtinagar Campus has been ranked 1st by academic reputation nationally by the Educational World magazine recently in its September 2015 edition and has received numerous awards. According to an independent analysis of ISC results of 2015 carried out by the website TheLearningPoint.net, City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar Campus stood second by the parameter of average across Eng+best3 subjects of all the appearing students. On the same parameters, as declared by TheLearningpoint.net, the Aliganj and Mahanagar Campuses of City Montessori School stood 5th and 6th nationally.BackgroundThe husband and wife duo of Jagdish Gandhi and Bharti Gandhi founded the City Montessori School with just 5 students and a borrowed capital of just Rs 300 or US$5 in rented premises in 1959. The first words that the students wrote on their slate on the first day of the school were 'Jai Jagat' or 'Glory be to the World' which later became the motto of the school. Currently CMS has 20 separate branch campuses spread across the city. City Montessori School is well known for its comprehensive peace education curriculum which can be witnessed in all the school activities like All-Religion Prayer, World Peace Prayer, World Parliaments, Peace Marches etc. In 2002 CMS was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. The CMS philosophy revolves around the "twin poles" of globalism and godliness, and the school's mission is to promote world unity and peace by shaping future generations as "world citizens" whose minds have the virtues of unity and peace impressed upon them from day one.
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