Primary Program

Primary Program

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

Dr. Maria montessori

The Montessori Approach. The Primary classroom is a joyful environment where children are given one on one and group lessons from the five traditional Montessori curriculum areas: practical life, sensorial development, language, mathematics. and culture (which includes geography, science, art and music). The morning work cycle includes circle time, snack, formal Montessori presentations, and uninterrupted time for choosing and completing work. Guided by a credentialed Montessorian and a trained Assistant Teacher, children choose to work alone or with a friend, and they are free to explore the activities that most appeal to them. ToTH students enjoy an hour of outdoor playtime each day, weather permitting, and nap in the afternoons if tired.

The ToTH Primary Community. The most successful Primary programs are strong communities in which families view themselves not as patrons, but as partners. ToTH Primary parents are supported with parent education nights, newsletters, conferences, social media, family events, and resources. We welcome families who are passionate about offering their 3-6 year-old an authentic early Montessori experience and who are confident that our Primary program is a good fit.

During the 2021-2022 school year, the Primary program will operate Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. and they may be picked up between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
The school year will begin on August 30, 2021 and will end on July 29, 2022. To view our 2021-2022 school calendar please click here.
Tuition for the primary program is $26,424 for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • A one time $100 application fee is due at the time of application. This fee is waived for families receiving OSSE child care vouchers.
  • After an enrollment offer has been extended, a nonrefundable tuition deposit (10% of a full year of tuition) is due by the date stated in the enrollment contract.
  • Tuition is paid in three installments, one month prior to the start of each session. Fall session begins on August 30, 2021, Winter session begins on January 3, 2022, and Spring session begins on April 18, 2022.
  • Primary families are asked to contribute a monthly fee (usually around $20/month) to cover the cost of food provided for twice daily classroom snack and practical life food preparation.
  • ToTH Montessori is approved to accept child care subsidy vouchers from eligible families. For more information on applying for vouchers, please visit: My Child Care DC.
Submit your application for the Primary Program by clicking here.
  • All complete applications received by February 1, 2021 will be considered for Early Admissions.
  • All applications received after February 1st will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • All complete applications received by February 1, 2021 will be considered for Early Admissions.
  • All applications received after February 1st will be considered on a rolling basis.
  • We will prioritize balance regarding age and gender and currently enrolled children, siblings and alumni families will be given preference.
  • Any families who do not receive an offer during early admissions due to lack of space may remain on our waitlist. We cannot guarantee admission and will make every effort to enroll families from our rolling waitlist whenever a spot is available.
  • Once accepted, families must submit up-to-date immunization records and other forms as required by ToTH to participate, for the safety of all children involved, by June 1, 2021.
  • ToTH does not discriminate in its admissions policies or in the administration of its educational policies on the basis of race, gender, national or ethnic origin, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

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