Butler Montessori

Butler Montessori Photo #1 - Upper Elementary students are typically 9-12 years of age and are continuing to develop their social awareness as they begin their pre-adolescent phase.
Butler Montessori Photo #2 - The Lower Elementary class showing off the tepees they made while studying American Indians and Pilgrims at Thanksgiving. Our 22-acre campus is well utilized as a part of the Montessori curriculum.
Butler Montessori Photo #3 - The Young Children's Community (YCC) begins at 18 months and continues through age 3.
Butler Montessori Photo #4 - The Primary classes are ages 3 - 6.
Butler Montessori Photo #5 - Lower Elementary students are typically 6-9 years of age and are beginning to develop their group and social skills.
Butler Montessori Photo #6 - As part of the Intermediate (7th and 8th grade) classes' CSA (community-supported agriculture), students raise chickens, grow fresh produce and make items such as jams, tomato or pesto sauces and salsa.
Butler Montessori Photo #7 - The balance of technology begins in Lower Elementary where children begin to do some of their research in the library. The Upper Elementary students have computer stations in their classrooms and the Intermediates work with their laptops on a regular basis.
Butler Montessori Photo #8 - Music, Art, P.E. and Performing Arts are well integrated at each level.
Butler Montessori Photo #9 - Upper Elementary lobster dissection project.
Butler Montessori Photo #10 - Students of all ages are guided to learn through regular work that encourages hands on creativity and movement. Their work meets them at their level of readiness thus creating confident children that enjoy coming to school.
Butler Montessori is an AMI (Association Montessori International) accredited school for children ages 18 months through eighth grade, situated on a beautiful 22-acre rural campus in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Butler supports the development of the whole child through academics, music, arts, and physical education including our unique equestrian program. Butler Montessori guides children toward independence and social responsibility creating the basis for education as a lifelong process based on a solid academic foundation.

School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association Montessori International (AMI)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1970
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students140 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Butler Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers16 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size26 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Elementary only khaki/ navy pants and colored polo.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes$10,100 for Half-Day Primary to $18,500 for Intermediates (7th and 8th grades).
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,900
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKelly Nguyen
Admissions AssociateNatasha Soderberg


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Butler Camp - Day Camp for ages 3 to 14., Elementary Band - Fall and Spring orchestral ensemble, Equestrian Riding - from beginner to competition., Kaleidoscope (after school art, music, sport and equestrian programs.)

School Notes

  • Butler Montessori embodies the educational principles established by Dr. Maria Montessori through her scientific observation of how children develop and learn. The Montessori approach offers education as an "aid to life," assisting children in constructing themselves as they develop from eighteen months to 8th grade through a series of developmental stages. The Montessori classroom and curriculum are designed to meet the specific needs of each developmental stage. Organized in mixed age groupings, students are provided the opportunity to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities under the direction of an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) trained adult.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Butler Montessori has consistently offered all things that are made for a successful Montessori school setting; trained guides, an environment that emphasizes responsibility, self-discipline and independence, a beautiful campus that promotes connection with nature, a guide, staff and parent community and an amazing performing arts program. My kids have blossomed into confident, independent and aware individuals. What more can a parent ask for!
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We have been at Butler for 5 years and have experienced both the Upper Elementary and Intermediate classes. Joining the Butler Community was the best decision we made for our son and his education - we have been extremely pleased with the curriculum, administration, community, and opportunities afforded to him over the years.Love of nature, love of learning, pride and respect for community, responsibility and contribution to society all of these beliefs have been instilled and fostered during his time at Butler and we are so grateful for the respect, encouragement, and motivation that his teachers have given to him.We asked our son: when you reflect on your experience at Butler, how has it impacted your life so far? His response: Butler has impacted my life in many ways. For one, it`s given me a much greater appreciation for nature and the outdoors. I am so grateful for the time that we get to spend outside working, hiking, and playing - and can`t imagine having to spend all day sitting at a desk in a traditional classroom. Butler has given me a stronger sense of leadership that has helped boost my confidence and self-esteem through participation in the plays and team building activities. It`s encouraged me to write and actually enjoy writing the style of writing in the Intermediates is very creatively focused and we are allowed to write imaginative stories and poems instead of just book reports and reference papers. The school environment encourages you to experience new things without being scared of the unknown or the new. It`s also a very friendly atmosphere you can express yourself as you are without judgment. There is a strong sense of inclusion throughout the community which has encouraged me to grow and evolve into a more confident person. Our involvement in the Model UN program afforded me the chance to work and exchange ideas at a global level. The Peace Study to California and the Immigration Study to New York were opportunities that few middle school students` experience I am grateful for every moment spent on those trips as they helped shape me into a better student, a better friend, and a better citizen.I believe it has thoroughly prepared me for the rigors of high school and served a pivotal role in my acceptance into a magnet program.
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My child is thriving beyond my expectations at Butler Montessori, developing skills to be both an independent critical thinker, and also a child that is thoughtful and respectful of peers and the environment. I am especially grateful to have found a school that does not limit my child`s strong-willed personality but instead nurtures strengths and patiently supports needs.
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My child is thriving beyond my expectations at Butler Montessori, developing skills to be both an independent critical thinker, and also a child that is thoughtful and respectful of peers and the environment. I am especially grateful to have found a school that does not limit my child`s strong-willed personality but instead nurtures her strengths and patiently supports her needs.
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My son is 8 and has been at Butler practically his entire life (the part that he can remember at least)! He will not even entertain the thought of going anywhere else, and I don't blame him. It would be hard to find a comparable school nearby that provides the entire package of education experience and environment that Butler does, and I think he realizes that now as well. There are many benefits of attending Butler, but high among them is a fostered love of learning, as well as a love of the outdoors, two things that he will take with him throughout the rest of his life.
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Butler Montessori has been an integral part of our family`s life for 17 years now. Our three children have attended and thrived at all levels. One has already completed high school, and one graduates from Butler this week. And the third begins his journey in Butler`s amazing Intermediate program. There are many factors that make a Butler Education a unique experience. Of course, you have dedicated, caring faculty and staff, who are classically trained in Maria Montessori`s ideology and methods. There is experiential education, both close to home and far afield. My older kids have gone on Butler trips to New York, California, and The Grand Canyon. They`ve also organized many child-led "Going Outs", where they explore a topic of interest in the Washington DC area.But the two differentiating factors that come to the forefront of my mind are the community and the campus. Acres of greenery, a creek, a high and low ropes course, a swimming pool, and horses and chickens. The opportunities to explore are limitless. The access to so many outdoor activities has expanded my children`s interests and confidence. And the community of families we`ve met at Butler have provided lifelong friendships. My 21 year old still stays in close touch with Butler kids he`s known since preschool. Additionally, there are many opportunities throughout the year for parents to meet, mingle, and be involved. From Coffee and Conversation with the principal, to a Square-dance Event or the Butler Hands on Activities Day- there`s truly something there for every family to enjoy. Butler Montessori has positively impacted not just my children, but our entire family`s life. I encourage you to visit and see what it has to offer
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Our kids have been in the school for several years and have thrived in the environment. Beautiful campus, caring, small community focusing on the development of the whole child. Overall, we have been impressed with every aspect of their education and social development
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Wonderful campus, fabulous education! Education for the whole child; academic, as well as social/emotional.
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