School News


Students Learn about Environment


Cowles Montessori students spent the day learning about the environment and their impact on the world around them. The day featured water conservation, animal rescue and beekeeping among dozens of other activities. To see more fun photos of the day, click on the picture.

Middle School Classroom News

Middle School Classroom News


On April 9th, the Cowles seventh and eighth grade students traveled to Iowa State University.  They spent the day exploring different degree programs.  The day was designed to expose middle school students to available opportunities for them after high school in career fields that are expected to grow in the near fut.  Students chose from … Read more »

Bike to School



Wednesday, May 7th Two locations: 4th-8th (Or, Who can ride comfortably at a pace of 10-12 miles per hour) can meet at Bill Riley Trail behind Ashworth pool, leaving at 7:30.  We will ride the trail to meet up with everyone else at Hy-Vee, University and 70th,  NE corner. Plan to leave Hy-Vee, at 8:00 … Read more »

urban tree

Iowa Urban Tree Council, Outstanding Volunteer Award


Two teachers Adam Egherman and Heather Anderson from Cowles Montessori School were awarded with the an “Outstanding Volunteer Award” from the Iowa Urban Tree Council. They attended an awards luncheon attended by the Governor, Mayors of several cities, and other representatives from organizations such as the DNR, Alliant Energy, Black Hills Energy, MidAmerican Energy and … Read more »


American Montessori Conference


Ten teachers along with their principal, Gregory Grylls, of Cowles Montessori were able to travel to Dallas for the American Montessori Society conference at the end of March.   The four day conference energized and sparked the spirit of the attendees.  Among the highlights were three marvelous keynote speakers who spoke of “Unity in Diversity”.  The … Read more »

Red Team-Out of the Pages Wins Middle School B O B  1st Place

State Middle School B.O.B. Champion


On Tuesday, March 25th   two teams from Cowles Montessori school advanced to the semi-final and final rounds of the State Middle School B.O.B. competition held at Simpson College. There were a total of 76 teams that participated in the program with 12 teams advancing on to the semi-final/final rounds of the competition. The top two … Read more »

Upcoming Events

Apr 21
4th through 6th Grade Music Program
Apr 23
90 Minute Early Dismissal
Apr 30
90 Minute Early Dismissal
May 1
Parent Transition Night
May 5
CMPG Monthly Meeting

Cowles is Iowa's only public Montessori school. Click here to learn more about our philosophy.

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Cowles Mission:  Together we celebrate diversity, respect, and the love for learning through the Montessori Method.  Our environment nurtures and prepares the child for a global community.


CMPG officers for the 2014/2015 school year are as follows:

President: Dena Fife

VP: Jennifer Moehlmann

Treasurer: Mac Stanfield

Secretary: Amanda McGuire


CMPG has a new email address that people can be directed to:

Calendar of Events


About Cowles Montessori School


6401 College Ave, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

P: 515-242-7818  | E: 


Located in the community of Windsor Heights, Cowles is Iowa’s only public Montessori school and serves students in preschool through eighth grade. Read More…