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  • Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

    — Maria Montessori
  • Openings

    Clarksburg Primary (3 to 4 years): We are excited about our new location and have 6 spaces for our opening in April 2018. 

    We are currently accepting applications for the 2018 – 2019 school year for 3 and 4 year olds for Clarksburg and for Gaithersburg. Attend one of our Open House events to learn more, or schedule a weekday tour online.

    Gaithersburg has a few immediate openings:

    • Our Infant class is full now. We have two openings in June.
    • Toddlers (18 months up to 3 years): Two immediate openings
    • Primary (3 to 6 years): Two immediate openings for children who are 2-1/2 or 3 years old.  Children entering the Primary class must be able to use the toilet independently. 


  • Open House Dates

    Our next Open House will be on January 20, from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm in Gaithersburg.  You can tour our school and meet the teachers, while your children explore some of our Montessori materials.

    We also have Open House events scheduled for February 10 in Gaithersburg, and on February 3, February 24, and March 3 in Clarksburg.  For more information and to register to attend on our Open House page.

    Can’t make it to the Open House?  Call 240-813-0713 to schedule a visit, or schedule your tour online.



  • Our Mission

  • A child’s first years set the foundation for how they view themselves and the world around them for the rest of their life.  

    • A sense of safety and security that provides the base on which their personality is built
    • Fine and gross motor skills, the importance of physical activity
    • Communication skills, expressing themselves, listening to others
    • Emotional maturity to weather the ups and downs of being part of a group
    • Curiosity about the world around them
    • Compassion for others and appreciation of diversity
    • Confidence, how to collaborate, how to work independently
    • Care of self and environment, cleaning up, keeping things orderly
  • Rich educational environment to expose the child to a variety of information about the world.

    • Grace and courtesy, manners that help us all get along
    • English language development, vocabulary, reading and writing
    • Exploring the world by using the senses, learning shapes, colors, sounds, textures
    • Numbers, counting, the decimal system, adding and subtracting, multiplication
    • Continents and oceans of the world, countries, and states of the U.S.
    • Plants and animals, magnets, sink and float, the solar system, dinosaurs
    • Arts of painting, sculpture, singing, dancing, exposure to classic works
  • Contact Us

    Conveniently located in the Flower Hill Professional Center, close to Shady Grove Metro and Gaithersburg MARC

    18243-A Flower Hill Way, Gaithersburg, MD  20879

    (240) 813-0713 • info@tophatmontessori.com

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