About Our Community 

Our Story 


 Urban Community Montessori's larger than life mission began with 6 committed families with a total of 8 children, 1 Montessori environment gifted by Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School in the Titusville community. With an unusual outpouring of community support Courtney Davis's  dream became a reality; UCM held its first day of school in August 2021, during the height of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.  


 The word about a high quality Black-led Montessori school in the city limits continued to spread throughout Birmingham and in the Montessori community. Organic growth led Courtney to expand environments.  The UCM community grew representing: families from 11 zip codes in Jefferson County,  19 children, 2 Montessori learning environments serving children 3 years of age to 3rd grade, and 3 Guides.


Organic growth continues to expand our community.  UCM has reached its capacity and will be the educational home to 40 children,  4 Montessori learning environments serving children ages 18 months to 3rd grade and 6 Guides for the 2023-24 schoool year. Courtney's passion to promote accessible and affordable Montessori education continues to spread throughout Birmingham. It is through partnerships with other non-profit organizations in Birmingham that UCM can share their love  of Montessori education and develop a pipeline for black and brown Montessorians.  UCM will continue to navigate the space of educating the community on Montessori education and its benefits, identify and train Montessori guides, and most importantly provide a safe space for our next generation of leaders to grow in intellect and compassion while becoming more independent and positively contributing to our world. 

Our Mission

Urban Community Montessori (UCM) provides an authentic Montessori foundation where children experience an inclusive environment rich with opportunities to explore, learn, grow, and thrive. UCM is committed to creating a welcoming space birthed from the importance of equity, opportunity, and accessibility to all children.

Our Promise to You

~Provide high-quality Montessori educational opportunities in Birmingham, Alabama

~Promote academic equity for a diverse community of learners 

~Develop fundamentally strong learners that are well prepared for their future educational journey 

~Develop the whole child emotionally, socially, and academically

~Provide evidence-based parent education to all interested families in the community