Washington Montessori School

  • Established in 1965, Washington Montessori School is an independent, coeducational day school distinguished by one-on-one attention from teachers and a rigorous curriculum, helping students in pre-K through eighth grade develop the self-confidence and academic skills they need to become self-reliant adults.
  • WMS also offers programs before and after school hours.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1965

Student Body

Total Students245 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Washington Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio10:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size20 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $12,000-$29,000.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLaura Martin


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Track and FieldAlpine SkiingBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Outdoor Club

Club or Organization:
afterschool programs

School Notes

  • - Personalized Education - Collaborative Community - Character Development - Dedicated Teachers - Challenging Academics
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Newtown
    Grades: PK-8 | 210 students
    22.4 miles
    173 S Main St
    Newtown, CT 06470
    (203) 426-3390
    22.4 PK-8
  • Northfield
    Grades: PK-6 | 77 students
    10.1 miles
    5 Knife Shop Road
    Northfield, CT 06778
    (860) 283-5920
    10.1 PK-6
  • Danbury
    Grades: PK-8 | 139 students
    22.8 miles
    44a Shelter Rock Rd
    Danbury, CT 06810
    (203) 744-8088
    22.8 PK-8
  • Avon
    Grades: NS-8 | 117 students
    25.3 miles
    150 Fisher Dr
    Avon, CT 06001
    (860) 677-2403
    25.3 NS-8
  • Danbury
    Grades: PK-8 | 209 students
    20.6 miles
    85 Great Plain Rd
    Danbury, CT 06811
    (203) 748-1217
    20.6 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (8 reviews)
Washington Montessori cultivates individuality and freedom of expression throughout the curriculum, emphasizing independent learning and creativity. My daughter is 9 and thrives in the multi-age classrooms; she truly loves helping her peers (and learning from them as well). Nature and mindfulness are integral to this community. The parents and teachers work together - I really can't say enough positive things about being part in a community of like-minded parents and having the continual support of the teachers. Everything is tailored, and every student is seen as an individual learner. This is not a one-size-fits-all school. I think it is important to mention that WMS has given us so much in the way of distance learning- the work is engaging, there is a vast amount of work to choose from, and if your child is moving ahead, you can use materials from grades above (or below to get refresh certain skills). It is very flexible (I work full time) and can be adapted for any type of learner. I am a WMS Alum (the 80s) and have been a WMS parent for 4 years; I volunteer heavily to support the school and love doing it. WMS is an exceptional place to grow and learn, for children and parents alike.
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Our two children have enjoyed WMS since the elementary level (one graduated, the other within years) garnering friends while growing academically. Each year's experiences are tailored to reflect progress into the next, in what we've discovered is a seamless, academic surge culminating in one of the most remarkable Middle School experiences available - where all they've been guided through becomes their own, and the skills they've learned (organization, application, independence) flourish. Highly recommended - and as early as you can start.
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I just can't say enough positive things about this school. My son attended from kindergarten through eighth grade and is presently a senior in high school. He said to me "Mom if I hadn't gone to WMS I wouldn't have been accepted at my high school, and be able to keep up with the work". On top of that, he is still very close with his WMS friends, he loves to to visit his old teachers at WMS and update them on his life . That kind of says it all. I have a happy, thoughtful and kind teenager...thank you WMS!
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WMS was a great experience for both of our kids. The school has a welcoming community led by parents that work hard to create an inclusive environment. Academics are appropriately challenging, yet the individualized attention of the teachers allows for students to work at the best pace for their specific learning style. Our children left the school with high character, an ability to advocate for themselves and very much prepared for high school. Every high school we visited raved about WMS alums in terms of character and academic preparedness. Our family highly recommends WMS.
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We are nearing the end of our 4th year at WMS. We joined when my older son was starting 4th grade. Because we had moved, this was the third school he had attended in three years, so we were concerned about his transition. However, since his very first day, his teachers and classmates have treated him (and our entire family!) as if he had been there since kindergarten. The entire WMS community is warm and welcoming, and is committed to a comprehensive approach which values the whole child. My boys are now in 7th and 2nd grade and are thriving in the WMS environment which emphasizes hands-on learning and strongly values respect, mindfulness and awareness. The experiences my children have had at WMS are simply amazing. We are grateful every day to have found this wonderful school.
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We could not be more pleased with our experience of WMS. Our kids both look forward to getting to school in the morning. They have been exposed to theater and an exceptional music program which has helped them feel comfortable and confident on stage and also helped them assume music and theater are parts of life. The annual work they do to study a continent or an ancient civilization has been fun and informative. The approach to learning spurs their own curiosity and engagement with all sorts of topics. They are truly curious about the world even though we live in a small town. They are both active in local sports teams and look forward to middle school sports at WMS. They also learn kindness and good communication skills through student-led meetings from an early age. We could not be more happy with the way WMS has cared for and nurtured our kids.
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As our son graduates and ends his five years at WMS, we could not be more grateful that we sent him there. The only regret is that he did not start sooner! As a family, we are huge fans of the Montessori teaching philosophy, and while our son missed the early years at WMS, these principles are well integrated into the Upper and Middle Schools and translate well for the older students, too. WMS has the most qualified, invested, nurturing, insightful and receptive teachers and staff, who clearly want every child to succeed. Students learn through trial and error, are supported and guided through the process of learning and discovery, and are helped to be independent and take ownership of their learning. The program is extremely intentional, starting from the early years through the last, with consistent themes and subjects built upon and expanded as students graduate from one class/grade to another, taking on greater academic challenges. The curriculum is well developed, hands-on, and supported and enhanced with wonderful resources and meaningful, outside experiences. As parents, we have also had the privilege of spending time in the younger classrooms, and these Montessori principles are well rooted and students as young as 18 months are showing incredible independence, responsibility, compassion and awareness. The WMS program and community are exceptionally enriching and stimulating for its students as well as families, and beyond its educational mission, WMS has cultivated an incredible community which includes the faculty, students, parents, and alumni. We could not be more honored to be part of WMS and recommend it as one of the best gifts you will ever give your child!
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We are in our second year at this school with two children. I cannot speak highly enough about the level of care, support, and energy that comes from the teachers. We have been very happy with the ways in which our teachers have handled mean girl play, illness, and learning differences. . This is a progressive school and its approach is not for everyone. But for those families that are looking for a more nurturing and nimble education environment this school is for you.
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