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3600 Ellicott Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20008

(202) 237-1788
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April 30, 2014
When touring schools, only at Auguste did we immediately feel a sense of family and a true dedication for the joy of learning. Our daughter attended the initial visit with us. Seeing her engage so well assured us that we were choosing the best place for her. We like the small community (approx. 30 children) and diversity of students. The school's Director Valerie O'Connor is gifted. She is also the primary educator. She has a natural warmth, attentiveness, and calm about her, and a happy and playful spirit. Valerie is available for questions or concerns, and we appreciate her accessibility. We love that the Montessori program intermixes children of all ages, the younger ones learning from the older ones, and the older ones feeling pride and responsibility as they guide the younger. The activities are structured but the children are always free to make choices, the atmosphere is calm and purposeful, and always fun and engaging. Our daughter loves art and music and she has many opportunities to explore these daily. Our daughter runs down the sidewalk to school each morning, beaming. We could not ask for more and are so grateful to have discovered this truly special and unique school.

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April 29, 2014
My two children graduated from Auguste in the past few years ... and we were all sad to say goodbye. Auguste is a magical place. I have never felt so certain that my children were in good hands ... cherished, respected but also challenged. Valerie, the Director, not only has a way with children -- she has a way with people -- and it flows through the staff, the parents and everything else at the school. My children developed early math and reading skills there, but, even more, they learned to trust and respect themselves. They also gained a sense of responsibility to one another and, in many ways, I credit their close relationship to the time they shared at Auguste. Even after years (and several teachers and schools in between) my children still ask to visit Auguste as "graduates" (the Director encourages children to return to help teach the younger ones). Each time my kids visit, they return with a renewed sense of pride and connection. I truly believe this school will live in their hearts always and could not recommend this school enough.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
Our son just completed his first year at Auguste and we absolutely loved our experience there. The school's director is a wonderful person and has a special gift with children. She's very accessible and makes sure parents are well informed about their child's progress. The teachers are warm and caring as well. I love that parents have many opportunities to get involved in different aspects of school life. In addition to a great environment, the school offers a strong academic program that focuses on building solid basis in math and developing reading/writing skills. Our son simply loves going to school every day and we couldn't be happier with our choice.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
Our child has just completed his second year of Auguste Montessori and I cant say enough wonderful things about the director, the teachers and the curriculum. The director sets a tone of openness, caring and respect for each student as well as the parents. Our child loves going to school every day and is learning reading, writing, math, geography as well as concern and respect for others. In addition, the school emphasizes empowering each child with making their own decisions and internal control, two key aspects that contribute to positive emotional development. The day also includes optional outside playtime at the Murch school across the street. If you are a proponent of the Montessori system (which we are), this school is an exceptional choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
Two of my children have graduated from Auguste Montessori (in 2006 and 2008) - they are now above-grade level students in Montgomery County. I cannot say enough about this school, the director, and our experience. My impressions of this school during our initial visit was that the rooms were very bright (from sunlight!) and orderly. The school is on the second floor and not run in a basement like most pre- or nursery schools I had visited. A room full of children were amazingly focused, happy, and well behaved. The director is very warm and welcoming. She is very sensitive to the children's individual needs and strengths. The assistants and director provided a safe and caring environment for both my children. My kids are both avid readers (a testament to the director's teaching them at an early age), and they were both able to write cursive by age 4. Math, geography, art, music, among others, were also integral parts of the Montessori curriculum, as well as outdoor recess. Upon graduating from this school, my children were well prepared for school. They learned how to respect others and be kind.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2011
Our family cannot say enough good things about our experience at Auguste Montessori. The Director, Valerie O'Connor, provides a safe, warm, and nurturing environment for all the children. Each child is seen as an individual and given the proper attention and direction to learn and grow in a happy, healthy, and positive way. Our three children thrived at Auguste thanks to Valerie and her passion for teaching and her love for our children.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
Auguste Montessori is a blessing to our children who attend the school and to our community. The director maintains a culture of respect for self, for others, and for the environment, true to the Montessori tradition. Montessori is not the right choice for every family. But if you want your child to develop a love of work and learning based on self-driven exploring, guided by professionals trained in child development, then we highly recommend Auguste Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2010
Our family has had a wonderful experience with Auguste Montessori. Both of our children have really thrived here. The atmosphere is more like a family than a school. When your child is having problems either at school or at home the director is happy to work through them with you as a parent to fix the problem -- including you in what she is doing in the classroom and working with you on solutions that may help at home. They also are very adept at nurturing each child's intellectual curiosity and helping to grow socially. I can't recommend it highly enough.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
Valerie O'Connor, the head of the school, is great! Did you know 2 kids out of her original class of 4 are at Princeton University now?

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October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
December 28, 2006
My son is currently at Auguste and has grown and thrived immeasurably there. The director has not only harnessed and developed his powers of concentration and creativity, but also worked through with him and with us some issues of socialization. He has changed so much for the better in a year and a half; we would recommend Auguste to any family.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2006
When we were looking for a school for our oldest child five years ago, we decided that we wanted a school that would combine academic and play-based learning. Auguste Montessori is a warm, nurturing environment, where children have the opportunity to learn at their own pace. The majority of children who complete the three year program are reading and writing as they enter their Kindergarten year. Our oldest child, who now attends an independent school in Washington, D.C., was well prepared for his Kindergarten year both academically and socially. The school that he currently attends has a preschool program that our younger children could also attend, however, we are committed to having all three of our children complete the program at Auguste Montessori. We believe very strongly that it is a wonderful environment for our children during their early years.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
If we could send our kids to Auguste for the rest of their school lives, we would. As proud parents of one Auguste graduate and one current student, we can honestly say it s been a superb experience. The curriculum gives students great grounding in all subjects and teaches them important life skills, such as independence and respect for others. In addition, the community of parents is excellent and we have formed strong friendships thanks to the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2006
Auguste Montessosri provides a flexible, challenging educational environment for students. My daughter, who has now gone on to a public elementary school, and my son, who continues as a student, both thrived there. The school administrator/teacher is warm, caring, and highly attentive to each child's individual development.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
Auguste Montessori gave my children a solid grounding in respect for learning and respect for others and self that has lasted well beyond their years there. It's a nurturing school that helps children learn that they are responsible for themselves. Its cheery, bright atmosphere, its uplifting routines and the wonderful teaching all make for a terrific early school environment.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
My daughter is an Auguste Montessori alum who is thriving at one of the top independent schools in the area. We attribute her love of learning and continued academic success in large part to the solid foundation she received at Auguste, where she was enrolled from age 2-1/2 through 6. The Montessori method practiced here allowed her to soar, instead of being restricted to curriculum limited by age group. The joyful and respectful social environment also taught her to be a good citizen. I believe the teacher is gifted in her insights and sensitivity to the needs of the children and is conscientious about sharing them. When dealing with sticky issues, she sought a dialogue with us, which I found very helpful to build understanding and which allowed us to work as partners with the school. We were extremely pleased with Auguste.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
If you want your child to get into an excellent private school, Auguste Montessori will disappoint you. While, overall the School creates an organized and positive classroom environment, a number of parents have felt (and consequently left -- either in the middle of school year or chose not to sign up again) that the environment is too restrictive and controlling. Other problems include infrequent, fun extracurricular activities, limited resources, not enough straightforward communication with parents (and sometimes leading to mini-scandals), and the inflexible way in which the teacher conducts the curriculum and interaction with parents and students.

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Auguste Montessori School
3600 Ellicott Street Northwest, Washington, DC  20008
(202) 237-1788
Last modified Auguste Montessori School is a Private school that serves grades PK-K
Auguste Montessori School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews.