Palisades Montessori is a Montessori preschool for 2-1/2 to 5 year-old students in the Palisades community of Washington, DC. Our sunny Primary classroom is located at 2828 Hurst Terrace NW, across the street from Francis Scott Key Elementary School.

Palisades Montessori is a warm, loving community! Montessori education is characterized by an emphasis on independence and a “discovery” model for learning. As Maria Montessori so eloquently said, “Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.” Montessori education also prioritizes the outdoor classroom, and our students spend ample time outdoors.

Palisades Montessori’s students interact with each other in mixed age groups in the school’s classroom and natural play yard. At ages 2-1/2 to 5, children are beginning to explore their first social relationships with each other. A mixed-age group gives young children ample opportunities to communicate, interact and teach each other.

At this age, children are having their first independent experiences outside of their homes. Palisades Montessori is a fully-licensed and equipped facility that looks and feels like “school”, but is based in facility that is inside a private home. This gives very young children extra comfort, as they build confidence in a new setting for the first time.

Community is an important part of Palisades Montessori. With a capacity of just 24 students, Palisades Montessori provides a families a unique chance to build new friendships and experience the joys of preschool learning within a network of strong community bonds.

We look forward to welcoming you to our school community, and nurturing your child during these early days of tremendous possibility.

To apply for admission, visit our Forms page.