The Mater Amoris Montessori School is dedicated to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori in the belief that her teachings provide a scientifically based system which not only aids the child during early development, but throughout life.
The Montessori philosophy is based on love for the child, respect for the child's dignity as a person, and a strong desire to help the child realize his or her fullest potential in society.
The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the importance of spiritual and moral strength.
The rural environment of the Ashton, Maryland campus fosters the development of thinking, self-sufficient, and flexible young people - whatever their chosen course of life.
The 13-acre campus brings pupils into close contact with nature, where they enjoy clear air and spacious surroundings.
- School Type: Montessori School
- Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
- Enrollment: 117 students
- Average class size: 18 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
- Source: Verified school update
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Pre-Primary Tuition - $15150 Primary Full Day Tuition - $13,300 Lower Elementary Tuition - $14,125 Upper elementary: $14,400 Adolescent (grades 7&8): $15,150 (10% sibling discount)
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Weekly cost for daytime program (8:30am-3:30pm) Aftercare available until 5pm for additional $75 per week
Total Sports Offered
- The Mater Amoris Montessori School is dedicated to the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori in the belief that her teachings provide a scientifically based system which not only aids the child during early development, but throughout life. The Montessori philosophy is based on love for the child, respect for the child's dignity as a person, and a strong desire to help the child realize his or her fullest potential in society. The Montessori philosophy emphasizes the importance of spiritual and moral strength. The rural environment of the Ashton, Maryland campus fosters the development of thinking, self-sufficient, and flexible young people - whatever their chosen course of life. The 13-acre campus brings pupils into close contact with nature, where they enjoy clear air and spacious surroundings.
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Mater Amoris Montessori School cost?
Mater Amoris Montessori School's tuition is approximately $350 for summer students.
Does Mater Amoris Montessori School offer a summer program?
Yes, Mater Amoris Montessori School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Mater Amoris Montessori School offer?
Mater Amoris Montessori School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Field Hockey.
When is the application deadline for Mater Amoris Montessori School?
The application deadline for Mater Amoris Montessori School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
I joined Mater Amoris in around 1970. The school was fairly new and we were in a church by a huge park, not far from where my family and I lived. I have never ever forgotten Charlotte Shea - then Mrs. Charlotte Kovach. She loved each and every one of us fiercely and her character was larger than life. I absolutely adored her - still do - and I feel that so much of who I am now was shaped by being an early student at Mater Amoris - even without all the bells and whistles, it has today. I live in Kenya (my family went back in December 1974) and was so grateful to visit Charlotte about ten years ago around 2010. Charlotte, still such a large and force-filled character took me and Elizabeth Berry to lunch and then took me to see the school. I was absolutely blown away by the "new" school set on 13 beautiful acres - what a vision she had had back then. Even more amazingly, she recalled me and my two brothers perfectly as well as both my parents - including things my dad had told her before we left America to head back home to East Africa. I hope to bring my husband and son to visit someday! I'm an "older" parent, our boy is nine. I feel part of why we got the guts to start a little micro-school in Kenya has something to do with seeing what Charlotte did, what her dream became. If you see this Charlotte, I just emailed you through the school email with pictures! Much love, Judy
Mater Amoris is an amazing school. The traditional Montessori curriculum is the center piece of this lovely school especially in regards to the education of the whole child. The parent community is warm and inviting with many opportunities to volunteer. My communication with teachers has been wonderful. The children of Mater Amoris graduate with a deep love of learning, independence, compassion for others and our planet, and strong sense of self. They are also able to advocate for themselves. This school is a treasure on 13 acres in Ashton, Maryland.
After sending our son to one of the perennial "Best of Howard County" preschools and finding ourselves extremely disappointed, we started exploring our options. We were lucky enough to have this quiet little gem of a school recommended to us by neighbors whose children had attended there years and years ago. I truly cannot say enough good things about this school and the love and education that our son receives there. The primary program, where children ages 2 1/2 to 6 are together in the classroom, has been extraordinary, and the children in the older classes (the school runs through age 12) are a testament to the type of person that the school produces. We feel so very blessed to have stumbled upon this extraordinary school and now have every intention of keeping our son there through age 12.
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