Georgetown Montessori School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
1041 Wisconsin Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: (202)337-8058
Grades: PK-K | 50 students
  • The Georgetown Montessori School, established in 1983, provides the "prepared environment" essential to Montessori education, from scaled furniture and cleaning utensils to the Montessori materials.
  • The equipment is scientifically designed to provide the child with concrete examples of abstract ideas.
  • It is self-corrective, allowing the child to develop his senses and learn for himself under the guidance of a skilled Montessori teacher.
  • Children are free to talk and move around, are stimulated by purposeful learning activities of their own choosing, can discover and correct their own errors, and are treated with respect and trust.
  • All these factors help the children to develop an inner discipline and a sense of responsibility.
  • The materials are programmed, each piece prepares the child to take another step ahead in his learning, progressing from the simple to the complex, from the concrete to the abstract.
  • The materials are multifaceted, so the child can learn a variety of increasingly complex things from a single piece.
  • Grasping the initial idea behind the piece of apparatus is only the start for the child.
  • The actual learning takes place when the child voluntarily begins a repetition of the work.
  • It is this repetition, the concentration it develops, and the child's internal feelings of success and accomplishment that reinforce the learning.
  • Thus, the child's main motivation comes internally.
  • External reinforcers such as rewards, punishments or contrived competition are unnecessary in a Montessori environment.
  • Education, to Maria Montessori, was a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten

Student Body

Total Students 50 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
80%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade Georgetown Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 1 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 5:1
National avg.: 13:1

School Notes

  • The Georgetown Montessori School, established in 1983, provides the "prepared environment" essential to Montessori education, from scaled furniture and cleaning utensils to the Montessori materials. The equipment is scientifically designed to provide the child with concrete examples of abstract ideas. It is self-corrective, allowing the child to develop his senses and learn for himself under the guidance of a skilled Montessori teacher. Children are free to talk and move around, are stimulated by purposeful learning activities of their own choosing, can discover and correct their own errors, and are treated with respect and trust. All these factors help the children to develop an inner discipline and a sense of responsibility. The materials are programmed, each piece prepares the child to take another step ahead in his learning, progressing from the simple to the complex, from the concrete to the abstract. The materials are multifaceted, so the child can learn a variety of increasingly complex things from a single piece. Grasping the initial idea behind the piece of apparatus is only the start for the child. The actual learning takes place when the child voluntarily begins a repetition of the work. It is this repetition, the concentration it develops, and the child's internal feelings of success and accomplishment that reinforce the learning. Thus, the child's main motivation comes internally. External reinforcers such as rewards, punishments or contrived competition are unnecessary in a Montessori environment. Education, to Maria Montessori, was a preparation for life, not merely a search for intellectual skills.
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School Reviews

5  12/17/2016
This little school operates out of a 150 year old church on lower Wisconsin Avenue just a few steps from the C&O canal. We visited other preschools before and after our children enrolled in Georgetown Montessori School and we have seen nothing else like it. This school feels like a boutique, the bigger schools like factories. An iron fence surrounds a lovely yard and gardens in front of the church, and the church's bright red door and stone facade greet us each time we visit the school. Some days our children play in the church yard after class. Just outside the fence is the veteran-operated Dog Tag bakery, a nice spot for a coffee after dropping off the kids, and a few yards up the street is a Paul bakery. The very cool Baked & Wired coffee shop is two blocks away. Behind the church is a private fenced playground for the school.GMS has a toddler class with around 16 two year olds and a primary class of about 35 three to five year olds. You can attend from just three mornings a week to five full days, 9 to 3. The afternoons seem to be mostly lunch, naps and playtime. Drop offs are easy for the primary class. The teachers and Lee, the director, lead children from cars at curbside into the school. For toddlers you can park in one of the 10-minute spaces reserved for the school and walk your child in.We meet other parents at school events and birthday parties and they have all been nice. There are a number of international families.The teachers are pleasant, effective, and have been with the school at least several years. It was a delight to observe a class once from the director's hidden bird's nest office above the primary classroom. The kids really do proceed through their "work" with little direction. Our eldest child is midway through his third year at the school and we have been thrilled with how he has developed. The Montessori method encourages self-direction, and we can see it in his activities at home. Enrolling in the school is straightforward -- no supervised play dates or parent interviews or questionnaires. Sign up early enough and there should be a space for your child. Some of the children in the toddler class begin a few months shy of their second birthdays.Georgetown Montessori is a wonderful little preschool.
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