“The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from
birth to the age of six.” - Dr. Maria Montessori
ToTH Montessori, founded as Toddlers on the Hill by a group of Capitol Hill moms in 2012, is an innovative, award-winning, OSSE-licensed independent school for children between the ages of 16 months and 6 years of age. Each of our programs embraces the methodology and curriculum developed by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Since its inception, ToTH Montessori continues to adapt to meet the needs of our growing Capitol Hill community. We offer world class materials, a unique and balanced year-round school calendar, foreign language in each classroom, parent education, and a close knit and supportive community. We accept OSSE vouchers, and offer significant tuition assistance each year through funds raised by our staff and parents. We are committed to offering our parent community a neighborhood school that is right for D.C., while never losing sight of how best to satisfy the children’s needs: a prepared environment, highly-trained guides, routine and structure, a mixed-age group, and above all, peaceful uninterrupted work periods that foster concentration and bring joy to each child.
The Montessori Method
This unique and widely-lauded education method, developed more than a century ago by Italian physician Maria Montessori, is built around the concepts of developmentally appropriate environments for specific planes of development, self-directed learning, mixed-age classrooms, collaboration, creativity, and social responsibility. We value the 120 years of cumulative observation and research on this method and we feel that a school based on the Montessori Method is the best that we can offer the toddlers and preschoolers in our neighborhood.
In 2006, the journal Science published a study comparing outcomes of children from similar backgrounds at a Montessori program versus a traditional school (summary here). The study concluded that while academic tests were comparable for students from both schools, those who attended the Montessori program had better social and behavioral skills, and tested better on “executive function,” which is defined as the ability to adapt to changing and more complex problems. Find more information on what research says about Montessori learning and student outcomes here.
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