How It Works

Why Montessori?

u_1617A1378_140037The Montessori approach to educating children is based on what we understand about children’s cognitive, neurological, and emotional development as shown to us through years of research.  Some of the key aspects of our program include:

  • Montessori is focused on teaching for understanding.  The Montessori materials give the child concrete sensorial impressions of abstract concepts.
  • The approach promotes organization and focus as being just as important as the academics.
  • The mentor/mentee is a critical feature.  The mixed-age class allows older children to be leaders and teach the younger children.
  • In Montessori schools, children from different neighborhoods who share common values have come together to create the school community.  Children who grow up in a Montessori environment often speak of close-knit relationships with classmates and their families.
  • Montessori supports personalized learning. Children learn at-their-own pace without unhealthy stress or artificial competition.   The child can move as slowly or quickly as needed to understand a concept.
  • Montessori students study other cultures creating the foundation for global citizenship.
  • Children are treated with a deep respect as unique individuals.  The school is keenly focused on the child’s intellectual, social, and emotional development.
  • Montessori teaches kindness, peacefulness, grace, and courtesy.
  • Montessori children learn through their five senses.  Materials are hands-on, allowing children to explore, investigate and research.  They become actively engaged in their studies rather than being spoon-fed information.
  • Montessori addresses different learning styles and helps children learn how to study.
  • Montessori challenges children and sets high expectations.  Children develop self-discipline and an internal sense of purpose and motivation.


International Montessori in Silver SpringWell-known Montessori Alumni:

  • Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon
  • David Blaine, magician
  • T. Berry Brazelton, noted pediatrician and author
  • Sergey Brin & Larry Page, co-founders of Google
  • Julia Child, chef, author
  • Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill & Hillary Clinton
  • Stephen Curry, NBA basketball player
  • George Clooney, Academy Award-winning actor
  • John and Joan Cusack, actors
  • Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, musician, producer, designer
  • Peter Drucker, business consultant and author
  • Dakota Fanning, Academy Award nominated actress
  • Anne Frank, author
  • Melissa and Sarah Gilbert, actors
  • Katharine Graham, owner/editor, Washington Post
  • Helen Hunt, Academy Award-winning actress
  • Beyonce Knowles, singer, songwriter, actress
  • Yo Yo Ma – cellist, 15 Grammy Awards
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize winning author
  • Queen Noor of Jordan, U.N. Advisor, humanitarian activist, three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, former First Lady
  • Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge & Prince Harry of Wales
  • Will Wright, video game designer