Our School

Montessori School in Columbia MD

Bryant Woods Montessori Children’s House (BWMCH) is a Montessori School in Columbia MD. We were established at the time of Columbia’s founding in 1969 by the local residents of the new city who sought a high-quality pre-K and K educational experience for their children. BWMCH is the only Step-10 Accredited Montessori School in Howard County and one of only a handful across the State of Maryland. This is the highest level of Montessori accreditation available from the American Montessori Society. Our school is one of the oldest in the area and our parents agree that we’re the best!

Our Staff

Our staff is comprised of an Executive Directress, two Montessori Directresses, and two Classroom assistants. At a minimum, all Directresses hold Montessori certificates (AMS or AMI) from a fully accredited program and a bachelor’s degree.

Class Size/Ratios

We have a classroom capacity of 28 students. During our sessions (Morning Half-Day, Morning half-day + Lunch bunch, Full Day), we have two Montessori certified Directresses/Teachers and one classroom assistant to provide a wide range of support across the classroom.

Affiliations & Certifications

Our Montessori school is accredited with the American Montessori Society, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in addition to the Maryland State Board of Education. Our Montessori Kindergarten program is certified by the Maryland State Department of Education. Our school is also a member of the Montessori Schools of Maryland.

School Hours

Half-Day Morning session: 8:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Lunch Bunch add-on: 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM (offered as an addition to the Half-Day program, space permitting)
Full Day Program: 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Aftercare Program: 3:30 PM – 5:30 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 are dedicated to providing the supportive, encouraging and respectful environment necessary for each child to reach their full academic and social potential.

School Governance

The Board of Trustees, consisting of community members and current parents, is responsible for the policies and overall financial management of Bryant Woods Montessori.

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

The Parent’s Guild is composed of current parents and works together to foster a sense of community throughout the school year. The Guild is responsible for planning extracurricular events, fundraising, and coordinating service projects.