The Global Montessori Academy began in 1984 in the basement of Unity Temple on the Plaza as the Plaza Light School. The School opened with 18 students and one full-time teacher.

For six years, it functioned under the umbrella of Unity as a family cooperative with parents serving as support staff. In 1990 Unity decided to close the School. But a group of determined parents decided the school was too important to the community to dissolve and formed a non-profit corporation to acquire it. On September 1, 1990, the school opened its doors as the Global Montessori Academy.

From these humble beginnings, GMA has become an educational treasure in the Kansas City community and now has Toddler, Children’s House, and Lower Elementary programs. Many children and families have passed through GMA’s doors and cherish the friends made and quality education received here.