The Montessori Program at Mater Amoris

Like all Montessori programs, Mater Amoris features mixed-age classrooms which allow students to learn from one another and grow at their own pace. Children from age 2 1/2 to 12 years of age are eligible for our programs.

Mater Amoris student enrollment is open to all children regardless of race, gender, identity, color, creed, or national origin.


The Primary Montessori Program (ages 2-1/2 to 6 years old)

Children work individually and cooperatively with materials that engage their curiosity through the senses. Each child has freedom to explore and to observe. The aim of the Montessori program is to develop a love of work and joy in learning.

The sensorial materials provide a sequentially ordered progression of experiences designed to help your child develop muscular coordination and control. Lessons are enforced and skills are enhanced as your child gets repeated exposure to our teaching materials.  

The array of materials engage your child with numbers and language, writing and reading, art and music -- the tools of abstract reasoning and communication, and the bases of creative imagination and self-directed learning.

Primary students may attend either our half-day or full-day program.

  • Half Day: 8:30 - 11:45 AM

  • Full Day: 8:30 - 3:30 PM


The Elementary Montessori Program (Ages 6-12 years old)

Children between the ages of 6 and 12 exhibit an explosive period of social and intellectual growth. That’s why Mater Amoris’ Junior Program explores everything from the microscopic to the cosmic -- allowing your child to discover the interrelatedness of all things. The junior Montessori program builds upon the sensorial foundations laid by the Primary Program.

Materials and group activities develop individual and cooperative skills in the areas of botany, zoology, mathematics, language, history, geography, music, the arts, and team sports. By reinforcing your child's sense of curiosity and community, they learn ways of inquiring, investigating, and resolving questions of interest and concern. This approach leads to an independent, self-directed student.

All children receive instruction in the following curriculum areas:

  • Language - Writing, Reading, Oral Expression, Spoken Language, Poetry

  • Mathematics - Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra

  • Practical Life

  • Sensorial

  • History

  • Geography

  • Science and Nature Studies

  • Music

  • Physical Education

  • Art



The Mater Amoris Montessori School is accredited by the Maryland Department of Education and affiliated with The Association Montessori Internationale. The school is sponsored by the Montessori Society of Ashton, a non-profit educational organization incorporated in Maryland in 1976.


After Mater Amoris

After completing the Montessori program, Mater Amoris graduates go on to public schools and private schools -- adapting to new environments with ease and well positioned for success. Mater Amoris graduates attend area schools, including Academy of the Holy Cross, Garrison Forest, Glenelg Country School, Holton Arms, Maret, McDonough, National Cathedral, Park School, Sandy Spring Friends, Sidwell Friends, St. Albans and Stone Ridge.

Our students receive frequently praise for their motivation, independence, academic rigor and self-discipline. With a Mater Amoris foundation, children are positioned to pursue careers and pursuits spanning the arts, medicine, science, business and more. Regardless of their interests or career paths, Mater Amoris students are strong leaders and team members.

"Thanks to Mater Amoris, our son has been gifted with friends for life, a sense of belonging and feeling loved, adventures that challenged and matured him beyond his years."

-The Shepherd Family