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Montessori philosophy designs its educational approach with the developmentally appropriate needs of the student in mind.


  • Classrooms are student-centered and promote a sense of community

  • Subjects that interweave subject areas, and students regularly leave the classroom for field studies

  • Students engage in projects that interweave subject areas, and students regularly leave the classroom for field studies

  • Students are coached through the design of their own work plans, and they are given extended blocks of focused work time

  • There are clear learning objectives, rubrics, and tools for self-evaluation

  • The curriculum encourages both convergent and divergent thinking

  • Adolescent Montessori schools have a focus on authentic service work

  • Students engage in real-life micro-economies (such as our on-site farm or coffeehouse) to promote self-confidence and provide real work experience during their transition to adulthood  

  • Coursework is selected thoughtfully with the intent of helping the student find her or his place in society, giving the student regular opportunities to impact the D.C. community in a positive way, and fostering stewardship of humanity and the Earth


Student ownership of learning

  • Rewards are intrinsic

  • Expectations are for all students to achieve at high levels, with an emphasis on increased independence and self-regulation

Learning in context

  • Students learn by doing, and make meaningful connections between context and their lives

Growth mindset

  • Culture emphasizes failing forward, reflection, and self-corrections

Social Emotional Learning embedded throughout

  • Peace education focuses on grace, courtesy, and social justice

  • Competence breeds confidence when a focus is put on a choice, self development, and freedom to explore passions

  • Increased one-on-one interactions with teacher-mentors that deepen relationships and understanding


If you have any questions or if you are interested in more information, please submit a contact request. We look forward to hearing from you!

Examples of Successful Secondary Public Montessori Programs:

Clark Montessori in Cincinnati Public Schools

  • One of three finalist schools in President Obama’s nationwide Race to the Top Challenge, based on academic excellence and preparation for college and careers

Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School

  • 6th-8th grade Montessori students significantly outperformed other Baltimore Public Schools in PARCC ELA and math (and outperformed Maryland state averages for ELA)

Craig Montessori

  • One of less than 20% of Milwaukee Public Schools to exceed expectations in 2018 in math and ELA