|City Montessori School|
जय जगत (Glory to the World)
|Lucknow, UP, IN|
|Established||1959 by Jagdish Gandhi & Dr Bharti Gandhi|
|Affiliation||Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)|
|Website||Central Site,Branch Site|
City Montessori School (CMS), Lucknow (सिटी मॉन्टेसरी स्कूल, लखनऊ) is a private school that offers education up to the level of under-graduation, in Lucknow, India. The school was founded in 1959 by Bharti Gandhi and Jagdish Gandhi. In 2012 its enrollment has reached over 45,000 pupils, a world record. CMS is affiliated to the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations. The school has been ranked 6th in the "most respected secondary schools" in India list compiled by IMRB in 2007.
The husband and wife team of Jagdish Gandhi (b. 10 November 1936) and Bharti Gandhi founded the City Montessori School. Born in a poor family in the Barsauli Village in district Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. Influenced greatly by Mahatma Gandhi, Vinoba Bhave and others, a young and idealistic Jagdish Gandhi ventured in 1959 to create a new mindset through education. With five children on roll, no personal wealth, and the equivalent of Rupees 300/- (US $10) in borrowed capital, Gandhi began his own personal experiment in Lucknow, India, some fifty four years ago in the name of City Montessori School.
In 1959 Bharti Gandhi along with Jagdish Gandhi laid the foundation of Sarvodaya Seva Sansthan, which is a registered body and under the aegis of which all their activities - social, educational and cultural are carried on. Mrs. Gandhi worked as a Psychologist in the U.P. Government Psychology Centre at Lucknow in the years 1957-59. She worked as a lecturer in the Khun Khun Ji Girls Degree College, Lucknow in 1960-61, and was the Principal of Adarsh Shiksha Kendra Inter College, Lucknow in 1961-62.
In 1962 Mrs. Gandhi convened an All India Anti Dowry Conference. She also led a band of selfless women workers to picket liquor shops and explained to alcoholics the evils of drinking. She convened the U.P. Stage Prohibition Conference, the first of its kind in September 1965, which was inaugurated by Shri Morarji Desai. Her devotion to the cause of women's welfare is truly great. In 1965 Mrs. Gandhi organized a Women Workers Conference at Anand Bhawan in Allahabad. This Conference was addressed by Saint Vinoba Bhave. Other issues which are of great interest to Mrs. Gandhi are adult education and national integration. She convened Children and Youth Festivals and Conferences to promote national integration.
CMS has 20 separate branch campuses spread across the city. These are
- CMS Aliganj Branch (Old Bldg)
- CMS Aliganj Branch (Sector O)
- CMS Aminabad Branch
- CMS Anand Nagar Branch
- CMS Asharfabad Branch
- CMS Chowk Branch
- CMS Gomti Nagar Branch
- CMS Indira Nagar Branch\
- CMS Jopling Road Branch
- CMS Kanpur Road Branch
- CMS Mahanagar Branch (3rd Bldg)
- CMS Mahanagar Branch (Old Bldg)
- CMS Mahanagar Branch (New Bldg)
- CMS Rajajipuram Branch (New Bldg)
- CMS Rajajipuram Branch (Old Bldg)
- CMS Rajendra Nagar Branch (Old)
- CMS Rajendra Nagar Branch (UPIL)
- CMS Rajendra Nagar Branch (New Build)
- CMS,R.D.S.O. Colony Branch
- CMS Station Road Branch
CMS inculcates in students the philosophy of 'Jai Jagat' (Glory be to the World).
CMS organizes 32 international events regualrly (most of these are held annually while others every alternate year) to promote world unity and world peace.
UNESCO Peace Prize
CMS was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education in 2002, the first school in the world to be so honored, in recognition of its efforts "to promote the universal values of education for peace and tolerance at a time when these values are increasingly being challenged". The UNESCO Prize for Peace Education 2002 was awarded to CMS in recognition of its efforts to promote universal values of education for peace and tolerance. The Director-General of UNESCO handed the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education to Jagdish and Bharti Gandhi, founders of CMS at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. In congratulating CMS, Mr Matsuura said, “A school must act as a lighthouse of society, providing direction and guidance, for each child is potentially the light of the world... as a future conscious and proactive member of society.”
CMS students help their local and national communities. They have founded Eco Clubs, hosted environmental seminars, organized tree plantings and clean up projects, and lobbied state legislature for water pollution control.
In recognition of their service and environmental activitism, the Commissioner Lucknow division appointed CMS students for monitoring and enforcement of the local air pollution guidelines for vehicle emissions.
DEVI Sansthan - standing for Dignity, Education, Vision, International - is a non profit NGO dedicated to empowering rural/ urban poor and women, CMS students have participated in village literacy programmes and worked side by side with village residents to build roads.
CMS students fund raise for the India Cancer Society.
Awards and honours
The institution has received the following awards: -
- 'Gusi Peace Prize 2011' awarded to Dr Jagdish Gandhi
- 'Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award'
- The Hope of Humanity Award
- Honorary Doctorate Degree in Education, Russia 2009
- Guinness World Record Certificate, World Level, Certificate updated in 2010
- Computer Literacy Excellence Award 2008
- Bandaranaike Global Excellence Award, Sri Lanka 2007
- Computer Literacy Excellence Award 2005
- Ashoka Changemakers Innovation Award, World Level 2005
- Bhartiya Awam Society UP Award, India 2005
- Nuclear–Free Future Award, India 2004
- Peaceful Schools International Recognition, Canada 2004
- Life Link Campaign Recognition, Sweden 2004
- Computer Literacy Excellence Award, Government of India 2004
- World’s Children Prize for the Rights of the Child, Sweden 2004
- Global Friend of World's Children 2004
- Computer Literacy Excellence Award, Government of India 2003
- Verdlaun Excellence Award, Iceland 2003
- Council for Global Education's Excellence Award 2003
- The Key to the City of Georgetown, USA,
- UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, World Level,
- Quality Pioneer Award, Mauritius 2000
- Derozio Award India, 2000
- Friend of Young Physicists, Poland 1999
- Guinness World Record Certificate, World Level, First recognition in 1999
- Peace Representative, World Level, 1988
Guinness World Record
The school is the largest school in the world in terms of pupils. It had a record enrolment of 32,114 pupils on 5 February 2008 for the 2007-2008 academic year. CMS received an updated certificate in October 2010 from the Guinness World Records that stated: "The largest school in terms of pupils is the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India, which had a record enrolment of 39,437 pupils on 9 August 2010 for the 2010-2011 academic year." 
CMS is the first school outside of Bangalore to be able to create a tie up to provide home delivery of student needs in Lucknow. CMS has started this initiative in collaboration with KOOLSKOOL and is piloting this initiative in three of its branches for the academic year 2013-14, and will spread this service to its school parents across all its branches in year 2014-15. KOOLSKOOL will be using its patented business model to provide this service along with multiple payment methods through the specially branded for  CMS web site. KOOLSKOOL is India's largest Internet retailer catering to the K-12 segment.
- "Largest school by pupils". Guinness Book of Records.
- Delhi Public School most respected school in India: Survey Deccan Herald August 18th 2007. Accessed August 21st 2007
- Compiled (2008). Awakening Indians to India. Chinmaya Mission. pp. 294–. ISBN 978-81-7597-434-0 [Amazon-US | Amazon-UK]. Retrieved 27 July 2011.
- "City Montessori School (India) awarded the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education" (Press release). Paris: UNESCO. 6 June 2002.
- "City Montessori School wins UNESCO Peace Education award". One Country. April–June 2002.