FAQ

What is a Montessori education?
Dr. Maria Montessori developed her method of education at the turn of the 20th century based on her observations of children and the ways they learn. She noted that children learn most naturally during ‘sensitive periods’ for specific skills. Dr. Montessori developed materials and techniques to utilize those sensitive periods for learning.

Montessori classes provide the child with meaningful choices in all areas of the curriculum, and the child is encouraged to make his own choices. Responsibility and respect for the environment, both within the classroom and the world around him, and the people in that environment are cornerstones of the Montessori method.
Is there a religious component to a Montessori education?
No. Although Dr. Montessori referred to the spirituality of the child, she was referring to an individual’s inherent human-ness.
Which communities do you serve?
Our students come to us from Montgomery Village, Gaithersburg, Laytonsville, Damascus, Germantown, Clarksburg, Urbana, Mount Airy, Frederick, Olney, Derwood, Rockville and points in between.
Are members of your staff CPR & 1st Aid certified?
Virtually all staff are CPR & 1st Aid certified, while a number are also Medication Administration certified.
How secure is your facility?
Keypad entry at the front door prevents access by anyone not on school business. Exterior classroom doors are kept locked, while push bars on the inside allow for easy exit. Fully operational cameras record activity at all exterior doors, displaying video feed to a monitor in the front office.
How much is your tuition?
This information may be found under the Admissions tab on this website.
Are members of your staff credentialed?
All primary teachers are certified through Montessori certification organizations, most through American Montessori Society. All staff meet or exceed the requirements set by the Maryland State Department of Education. All staff are current with their continuing education.
What are your days and hours of operation?
Village Montessori School is open Monday through Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM. We generally follow the Montgomery County Public School calendar, with some exceptions. Our calendar Unlike public schools, we do not observe half days but we do follow MCPS inclement weather closings.