Administrative Information

The Directress

Ms. Charlotte Shea, founder and Directress of Mater Amoris, received her primary and advanced training at the Washington Montessori Institute. She served for many years as President of the North American Montessori Teacher's Association and has lectured and consulted nationally on Montessori education. She has served as advisor to many Montessori schools in the United States and abroad.

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Staff & Faculty

Mater Amoris teachers hold a Bachelor's and/or Master's Degree, and an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) Primary and/or Elementary Diploma. A music teacher, a P.E. instructor, classroom assistants, and day care providers are also on staff.

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Student enrollment is open to all children regardless of race, sex, color, creed, or national origin. Children from 2 1/2 to 12 years of age are eligible.

Prospective parents are welcome to observe in a classroom prior to submitting an application for enrollment.  Please call the school to schedule an appointment to observe, or to have an application sent through the mail.

After submitting an application, parents are interviewed and children visit the school prior to acceptance. All children are enrolled provisionally for the first four weeks, after which the parents are given an opportunity to consult with the teacher about the child's reaction to the program and the school.

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After Mater Amoris

Where do Mater Amoris students go to school after grade six? You will find that Mater Amoris graduates attend a number of public and private schools, including Sidwell Friends, Glenelg Country School, McDonough, National Cathedral, St Albans, Maret, and Holton Arms. Mater Amoris children receive praise for their motivation, independence, academics and self-discipline.

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Tuition - 2017-2018

Status of Child Total 1st Semester 2nd Semester
Primary 1/2 Day $11,600 $6600 $5000
Primary Full Day $12,600 $7000 $5600
Lower Elementary $13,400 $7500 $5900
Upper Elementary $14,200 $8000 $6200

*$20.00 Parents Association Dues is included in the 1st semester tuition.

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Other Expenses

  • Half Day: 8:45 - 11:45 AM
  • Full Day: 8:45 - 3:30 PM
Application Fee:

$100 (not refundable, due with application)

Enrollment Deposit:

A $200 enrollment deposit (which is part of the 1st semester tuition and is not refundable) is payable in advance.

  • Before School Care (7:30 - 8:30 AM): $2000 per year per student
  • After School Care (3:30 - 6:00 PM: $3700 per year per student
  • Fee for Returned Checks: $35 per occurrence

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Tuition Policy

The school policy is not to admit children for the fall term (September) if fees have not been fully paid by August 1st and for the winter term (February) if fees have not been fully paid by January 1st. A 10% penalty will be charged on tuition received after those dates. Mater Amoris reserves the right to withhold a student's academic record until any tuition that is past due is paid in full.

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