The Bethesda Montessori School

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At a Glance: The 2023-2024 school year is our 41st year serving our community in downtown Bethesda! Our lead teachers hold Masters Degrees in Montessori Education, and our long-term staff are experienced and well trained. We offer a fully licensed childcare, and accredited Kindergarten Progam and Montessori Program (including prestigous licensing from Montessori Schools of Maryland. 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 and children are strongly encouraged to complete the cycle through their kindergarten year in order to derive the maximum benefit from their learning experience. 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) and kindergarten children (5 years old) have advanced Montessori studies until 3pm. French, Art and Music are part of our curriculum. An after-school program is offered until 6pm, offering creative play as well as scheduled activities such as soccer, Tae Kwon Do, Children's Yoga, Sporting Games, Music and more. Before-school care is available from 8am to 9am 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: We begin accepting applications one full year in advance of attendance. Personal tours will be given after October 1, 2023 for the 2024-2025 school year. Acceptances are offered on a first come first serve basis, preference is given to siblings of current or alumni students.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Enrollment: 80 students
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
80 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 38%
Students by Grade
The Bethesda Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
22 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
See our website for tuition rates.
Summer Program Cost Notes
A three to four week summer camp in June is available to currently enrolled students only.
Admissions Director
Kristie Galic


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Arts and Music Programs:
Mrs. Carter's Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Children's Yoga, JumpBunch - physical activities & sports, Soccer Skills, Tae Kwon Do

School Notes

  • The Bethesda Montessori School cooperates with the Washington Montessori Institute and is staffed by AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) and AMS (American Montessori School) trained teachers. It is fully approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and Montessori Schools of Maryland 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 9:45am, call Head of School 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.
  • Our tuition rates, school calendar and exciting photos can always be found on our website,
Source: Verified school update

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The application deadline for The Bethesda Montessori School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
  • Enrollment: 80 students
  • Average class size: 22 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Bethesda, MD is $31,820 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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