Our School

Montessori School in Columbia MD

Bryant Woods Montessori Children’s House is a Montessori School in Columbia MD. We were established at the time of the city of Columbia’s founding in 1969. Looking for a private school or Montessori School in Columbia MD? We are among the oldest in the area and our school parents say that we’re the best!

Our Staff

Our current staff comprises two full time Montessori Directresses, one part-time Classroom Aide and an Executive Director. At a minimum, both Directresses hold Montessori certificates (AMS or AMI) and a bachelor’s degree. Please view our staff page for more in depth information about our staff.

Class Size/Ratios

We have a classroom capacity of 28 students. During all three of our sessions (Morning Half-Day, Afternoon Half-Day, Full Day), we have two Montessori certified teachers and one classroom assistant. As a result, a wide range of support is provided to the classroom.

Affiliations & Certifications

Our Montessori school in Columbia MD is accredited with the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. We hold a Maryland State Board of Education Certificate. Our Kindergarten program is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Additionally, we are also a member of the Montessori Schools of Maryland.

School Hours

Half-Day Morning session: 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Half-Day Afternoon session: 12:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Lunch Bunch: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM (offered as an addition to the Half-Day sessions, space permitting)
Full Day session: 8:30 AM – 3:45 PM, includes lunch and lightly structured group socialization activities from 11:45 to 12:45 and is available to the 4-6 year olds.
Aftercare: 3:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a child-centered, authentic model of the educational philosophy and practices of Dr. Maria Montessori that is aligned with best educational practices. We will prepare the young members of our community to be lifelong learners by igniting the spark of creativity, encouraging self-directed learning, and providing the materials and support necessary for each child to reach their full potential in all areas of life. All members of the BWMCH Community will be dedicated to, and supportive of, the fulfillment of goals set forth in the strategic plan.

School Governance

The Board of Trustees, consisting of community members and current parents, is responsible for the policies and overall financial management of our Montessori school in Columbia MD.

The Executive Director implements the policies and is responsible for the overall daily operation of the school.

The Parents Guild is the school’s parent association that works to build a sense of community for the school (i.e.: events, fundraising, and service projects). Please see the Parent’s Page for more information on our Parents Guild.