City Montessori School is a co-educational English medium private school that offers education from Pre-school up to K-12 (Grade 12) level in Lucknow, India. The school was founded in 1959 by Dr Bharti Gandhi and Dr Jagdish Gandhi. It held the 2010-11 Guinness Book of World Records for the largest school. In 2016 its enrollment has reached nearly 52,000 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 Education World magazine recently in its September 2015 edition and has received numerous awards. According to an independent analysis of ISC (Grade 12) results of 2015 carried out by the website TheLearningPoint.net, City Montessori School, Gomti Nagar Campus stood second among all the ISC schools in India by the parameter of average across Eng+best 3 subjects of all the appearing students. Kumar Yashasvi and Ishaan Arora are its alumni. On the same parameter, as declared by TheLearningpoint.net, the Aliganj and Mahanagar Campuses of City Montessori School stood 5th and 6th nationally.
The husband and wife duo of Jagdish Gandhi (b. 10 November 1936) and Bharti Gandhi founded the City Montessori School with just 5 students and a borrowed capital of just Rs 300 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