Montessori preschool, pre-k, private state-cetified KINDERGARTEN, daycare, infant care, and Day Camp for School Age children whose regular schools are closed in Gaithersburg, Maryland (MD), in Flower Hill.

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About Us

Part of our mission is to continue to fulfill Dr. Montessori’s vision which includes educating young children in such a way that will create a more gentle, loving, and peaceful world in the future where all life and all cultures are respected and appreciated at all times.

How are we different from other Montessori schools?

TopHatMontesorri Building ViewTop Hat Montessori is a Montessori School serving Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village and upper Montgomery County communities in Maryland since 2012, providing all day, all year Montessori programs for the children of today’s working families. We have with a strong commitment to traditional Montessori education, our programs and pricing meet the needs of families with children too young for Elementary school, so you can go to work without worry.

  • We work with children who have been diagnosed with ADHD and who are gifted and talented in ways which optimize children’s strengths and facilitate Achievement in positive inspiring ways
  • Our Curriculum is tailor-made based on each child’s needs
  • Staff/Student Ratio of 1/3 for children under 2 years old, 1/6 for children 2-3 years old, and 1/10 for children 3-6 years old – And we provide more teachers than this when needed
  • As you walk through our bright and airy classrooms, you can see that Dr. Montessori’s methods and materials work as well today as they did for Dr. Montessori
  • Class rooms designed specifically for Montessori education
  • Located near Flower Hill Way in a area very quiet, safe neighborhood.
  • School monitored by security guards.
  • 2 spacious secure play areas
  • Accessible to Rt.355/Rt.28/I-270 from Gaitherburg, Rockville, Germantown, North Potomac, and local areas
  • We work hard to make the program convenient for working families open 5 days a week from 7:00am until 6:30pm
  • We offer Early Bird or Extended Day Program to suit the specific parent needs 5 days a week.
  • Parent events and meetings held at the end of the day, during pick-up hours
  • Online parents communication with daily reports on meals and snacks, naps, diaper changes, and classroom activities
  • No teacher work days or early closings
  • A single monthly tuition payment covers all costs, with no surprise charges
  • Closed only on holidays (New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Day), and for weather only when the roads are not safe for travel

Top Hat History

Child Development in Gaithersburg

Established in 2012.

Founded by a frustrated working mom who couldn’t find a quality program that was convenient for a working family, Top Hat Montessori blends the best of a Montessori preschool with the schedule of a day care. We have grown quickly, starting with Preschool, and adding Toddlers, Infants, Kindergarten and day care for School Age kids. Our teachers are experienced and loving. Top Hat Montessori has developed a warm and friendly environment where children are happy to arrive, and parents know their children are safe while they work.

Our Mission

Our Mission

We are committed to providing a better alternative to families who leave their children in the care of others while they work during the weekdays. We use Montessori teaching methods to engage children, so they develop a sense of confidence based on accomplishment, learn to care for themselves and others, and learn that the world is a good place. We are dedicated to inclusiveness, social justice, and promoting appreciation between different cultures, races, religions, and nationalities.

Part of our mission is to continue to fulfill Dr. Montessori’s vision which includes educating young children in such a way that will create a more gentle, loving, and peaceful world in the future where all life and all cultures are respected and appreciated at all times.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Our vision for Top Hat Montessori is based on the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, summarized in the following quote from her book, The Montessori Method:

“There is in the child a special kind of sensitivity which leads him to absorb everything about him, and it is this work that alone enables him to adapt himself to life”

Children are at the center of all that we do.

Our Values

Our Values

The Light in Every Child. Maria Montessori taught the world to see and nurture the potential adult in each child. We see it every day when one of our students does something for the first time. They smile, but more than that their face and even their whole body, show their joy in learning something new. That moment is what drives everything we do at Top Hat Montessori. We believe that children who grow up with this kind of learning are the best equipped to tackle the challenges they will face.

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