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What is Montessori?


Robert Goddard Montessori is 1 of 3 schools In the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Montessori program where children receive an education addressing all areas of development: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical. Critical thinking and cooperative learning are a part of every lesson. Each child receives individualized instruction in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. 

Montessori schools have multi-age groupings. Each classroom is directed by a teacher who holds both Montessori and/or Maryland State certifications. Children stay with the same teacher for three years.

  • Primary classrooms are for designed children ages three to six. 
  • Lower elementary classrooms are designed for children ages six to nine years old. 
  • Upper Elementary classrooms are designed for children ages nine to twelve years old. 
  • Middle school students from ages twelve to fourteen years of age are grouped together.


Montessori offers students unique opportunities to have:

  • Student-led instruction with a sense of freedom
  • Long-term exposure to concepts starting in the primary grades through middle school 
  • Personalized collaboration with their teachers

Choose this program if your child...

  • Has a strong desire to work with tangible materials independently
  • Demonstrates instructional initiative 
  • Has the ability to engage in a community-led classroom