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Montessori students learn more than facts and figures—Montessori education encourages independent thinking, favors discipline and focus and nurtures the innate curiosity in each child so that they may adapt to the challenges of a fast-changing world. We believe hard work produces great outcomes. We encourage tenacity and resilience in the face of obstacles and without fear of failure. We inspire young people to find the best in themselves, to develop their strengths and to use their gifts with energy and distinction to the world around them.


In our minds there is no greater responsibility than to prepare our students for the future. See how we do it. 


The WMS Experience

Washington Montessori School is an engaging and substantive academic environment supported by a deeply-rooted and diverse community of families and educators. Our students learn to recognize their individual and collective potential, develop thoughtful approaches to learning, and choose paths to responsible and fulfilling lives. Read our entire Statement of Purpose.


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14th Annual Puppetry Festival

We are excited to announce our 14th Annual Puppetry Festival presented by Broome Street Hospitality, National Iron Bank, Sawing High Climbers and Stars Hollow Yarns. The final show of the season will be Saturday, February 22 at 10:30 a.m. Charlotte Dore of Rosalita’s Puppets will perform her original show “Mary Puppets,” a modern take on the adventures of Mary, a British nanny with a carpet bag full of tricks, and her chimney-sweep friend named Burt. Click here for the full schedule and to purchase tickets ahead of time. 

Strategic Planning

In order to guide Washington Montessori School through the next phase of our history, the Board of Trustees has begun the important work of strategic planning. Leveraging momentum from our recent 50th Anniversary celebration, re-accreditation work and search for a new Head, our goal is to define the path toward sustained growth and innovation while remaining true to our roots.

As a valued member of the WMS community, your input is integral to shaping our strategic vision. It is an incredible privilege to take part in the planning of WMS’s future, as well as an immense responsibility. We look forward to collaborating with the WMS community at large to build a shared vision for the school.

Building a Better World

In this TEDx talk, “Grace and Courtesy: Building a Better World,” Dr. Timothy Purnell poses the question “What would the world look like with Montessori?” As a seasoned educator, an innovative leader and the current CEO of the American Montessori Society, his answer was inspiring. Watch his talk here.

Montessori Resources

We’ve compiled this list of Montessori-related media as a resource for both current and prospective families seeking to learn more about the Montessori Method. See the list.