The Bethesda Montessori School, established in 1983, cooperates with the Washington Montessori Institute and is staffed by AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) trained teachers. It is fully approved by the Maryland State Department of Education, and Montessori Schools of Maryland, and is a member of the North American Montessori Teachers Association and other educational organizations. It leases its facility from the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, but it has no religious affiliation with the church. It is centrally located in the heart of the Bethesda business district on Wilson Lane near the intersection of Old Georgetown and Arlington Roads, three blocks from the Bethesda Metro station.
A traditional Montessori school, it adheres to the teachings and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. The school is fully equipped with the Montessori materials as well as many handmade items to stimulate the child's mind and creativity. Music, Art and French instruction are integral parts of the Montessori program. Our rooms are bright and cheerful. The staff is dedicated and caring. It is the hope of the school that each student will grow in knowledge, self-reliance, confidence and social graces.
AT A GLANCE
The primary Montessori program admits children from 3 to 6 years of age (children must be 3 by September 1 of their start year, and potty-trained). Our three classes are made up of mixed ages of children. For the child entering at 3 years old, the complete program is three years in duration. Children are strongly encouraged to complete the cycle through their kindergarten year in order to derive the maximum benefit from their learning experience.
We offer care for your children from 8am to 6pm each day. All children attend our academic program from 9am to 12 noon, at the minimum, Monday through Friday, from September to June. 3 year old children who stay with us past 12 noon will join our lunch, recess and nap time in the afternoon. Prekindergarten-age children (4 year olds) have the option of attending a special afternoon academic program from 12 noon to 3pm. Children entering their kindergarten year (5 years old) have advanced Montessori studies until 3pm.
An after-school / after care program is offered until 6pm, for children of all ages. We offer after-school activities such as soccer, music, yoga, tae kwon do, spanish and italian. Before-school care is available from 8am to 9am upon request.
There is no discrimination made in the selection of students or staff on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Application and fee schedules are available on this Web site, or you may request them by phone. Enrollment is completed on a first come first serve basis, preference is given to 3-year-old siblings of current or alumni students. Applications may be submitted no earlier than one year in advance of requested enrollment, and we will begin offering spaces as early as mid-December for enrollment the following September. After that date, applications are considered as space allows and classroom balance necessitates.