The Bethesda Montessori School

7611 Clarendon Road
Bethesda, MD 20814-0208
     Tel: (301)986-1260
Grades: NS - K | 80 students

At a Glance:

  1. 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 fully 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.

  2. All children attend school from 9 a.m.
to 12 noon, at the minimum, Monday through Friday, from September to June.  Prekindergarten-age children (4 year olds) have the option of attending a special afternoon program from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Children entering their kindergarten year have advanced Montessori studies until 3 p.m.
  • An after-school program is offered until 6 p.m.  Before-school care is available from 8 a.m.
  • to 9 a.m.
    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 siblings of current or alumni students.

    School Overview

    School Type Montessori School
    School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other Montessori association(s)
    Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - Kindergarten
    Year Founded 1983

    Student Body

    Total Students 80 students
    Student Body Type Co-ed
    % Students of Color 30%
    State avg.: 35%
    Students by Grade The Bethesda Montessori School Students by Grade

    Academics and Faculty

    Total Classroom Teachers 10 teachers
    Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
    National avg.: 13:1
    % Faculty w/Advanced Degree 35%
    Classroom Dress Code Casual

    Finances and Admission

    Admission Deadline None / Rolling
    Tuition Notes See our website for full tuition information
    Admissions Director Kristie Galic

    School Notes:

    The Bethesda Montessori School 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 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 or its teachings.  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, BMS 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.  Its rooms are bright and cheerful.  Its 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.

    We conduct personal tours for prospective families by appointment only. To arrange a tour at either 9:15 or 10:00am, call Admissions Director Kristie Galic at 301-986-1260, or email us at Our physical address is 7611 Clarendon Road, Bethesda, MD 20814. We are located on the first floor of the church building, on the corner of Wilson Lane and Clarendon Road. Our front door faces Wilson Lane.

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    The nearest high school is The Sidwell Friends School (0.1 miles away)
    The nearest elementary school is The Sidwell Friends School (0.1 miles away)
    The nearest preschool is The Sidwell Friends School (0.1 miles away)
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