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Montessori School in Gaithersburg, Maryland

Get to know more about our school’s history and background.

Our Mission

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.

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

A girl putting matching cards during developmental gameTop Hat Montessori is a Montessori School in Gaithersburg, Maryland for the 21st Century, providing all day, all year Montessori programs for the children of today’s working families. 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.

Maria Montessori was a physician in Italy in the early 1900’s. The government was struggling with children being left at home during the day while their parents worked. Dr. Montessori had worked successfully with special needs children, so they asked her to establish a program to care for the children. Through careful observation and experimentation, Dr. Montessori learned what materials and activities engaged the children’s interest, appealing to their instinctive need to learn. Her goals were to meet their developmental needs, and to teach them practical skills, academic fundamentals, respect for others, and care of self and the environment.

As you walk through our bright and airy classrooms, you can see that her methods and materials work as well today as they did for Dr. Montessori. We work hard to make the program convenient for working families.

  • A single monthly tuition payment covers all costs, with no surprise charges
  • Open from 6:30am until 6:30pm
  • Closed only on holidays, and for weather only when the roads are not safe for travel
  • Parent events and meetings held at the end of the day, during pick-up hours
  • No teacher work days or early closings
  • Online system for communication with daily reports on meals and snacks, naps, diaper changes, and classroom activities

We work for you.

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We offer

We strive to equip every young learner with the necessary skills, knowledge, and learnings that are essential for the enhancement of their learning development.

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We help your little ones develop at their own pace.

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Let us meet your toddler’s individual developmental needs.

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We provide new essential learning experiences for your child.

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Schedule a Tour

We understand how important it is for every parent to know what kind of environment and facility their child will be staying while studying. And we are more than happy to take you and your child on a tour in our school.

Upcoming Events

We are a learning center that conducts various fun and exciting activities that every child will surely love. Please feel free to check back our website from time to time to keep updated with our events. Click here to know more.


The world is a better place when diverse people come together and learn from each other. We are patient with each other’s different points of view, and seek to understand first, before


Every person has a light inside themselves, and we respect the value of that light inside ourselves and others. We never demean or criticize a child, another staff member, or a parent.


Close contact with others can naturally lead to conflict. We seek to turn that conflict to creativity and open minded problem solving. We speak to each other often, sharing ideas and getting help with issues.


A passion for learning keeps us all feeling young and excited about life. We share our excitement for learning with the children, encouraging their curiosity and teach them how to find answers to their questions.


In a community, each person must take care of themselves, and shares a responsibility for the care of their environment. We all check for tasks that need to be done, lending a hand whenever possible.


We strive to maintain a sense of peace inside ourselves, and to create a sense of peace around us. We do not call out across a room; we do not hurry or rush; as adults, we restrain our emotional responses to the children so that we may calmly guide them.