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Bowie Montessori Childrens House

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2013:
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Posted March 4, 2014

Our 2 children love going to school at Bowie Montessori. The work is challenging and rewarding for our children. Teachers are caring and well-educated, the academic administrator has been very helpful in explaining stages of child development and assisting with problems, and the managing director has created a smoothly-run, child-centered, safety-conscious school and beautiful environment. Our children will continue at Bowie Montessori through the 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

I don't know where to begin since there are so many wonderful aspects of BMCH! We have had children attending this school for 8 years & it keeps getting better! The teachers & administration are top notch in their concern, knowledge, and commitment to the children and the parents. The director works hard to make sure the parents are well informed & the school is running smoothly with improvements constantly being added. Our children have flourished here, not only academically, but socially as well. They love their classrooms, teachers, & fellow students. They also love the beautiful campus they get to enjoy on a daily basis, either at recess, PE, or on a nature walk exploring the plants & animals. They love being able to learn Spanish, try their hand in Art, & practice various roles in Drama. The new reading specialist is no less than excellent! She took one of my children who had no reading experience at all to reading any book they desire in just 3 months. This is just one example of the level of dedication given to students. They are constantly being challenged and given new opportunities to learn. You will be hard pressed to find another school as amazing as BMCH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2014

Sensational school with fantastic faculty and campus. My children love this school and thrive in the Montessori environment. There are times when my kids are home on break and tell me they want to go back to school! I highly recommend BMCH to anyone seeking a welcoming school for their child, where they can learn and develop at the same time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2014

Bowie Montessori Childrens House Our children have thrived academically and socially at BMCH. It is truly a testament to the teachers and staff. We have been pleased as parents with not only their academic progress, but also the wonderful friends they have made. We look forward to our children's continued academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Initially when our child attended the school, I was excited about the experience and the approach to learning. Now after being at the school for a number of years, I remain disappointed in the lack of parental input and involvement allowed by the administration. Decisions are made without concern for the impact on the parents and their children. There still remains this feeling as though you are not allowed to express your opinion. For your opinions are received but not heard. When the administration is approached with concerns, the parents are given relatively disingenuous responses and are ignored. All of this saddens me greatly because I truly wanted to believe in the school and what it has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2014

Bowie Montessori has excellent teachers (most have at least one Masters degree), a facility that provides many learning opportunities, and a beautiful campus where students walking along the pathways greet adults with big smiles. In addition to classroom teachers, there is a full-time art teacher and a full-time reading specialist, as well as assistants for chorus, drama, carpentry, and nature studies. There are seven separate play areas with several connecting paths on the 22-acre campus. Organized PE classes include SPARK, personal best, fitness, and folk dance. There are afterschool classes, too, for taekwondo, dance, and yoga, as well as chess and STEM. There are computer labs in both the upper and lower campuses for elementary and jr high students, as well as a WeatherBug station at the school. Several jr high classes are scheduled each week that incorporate computer learning, and students will begin an engineering class in the 3rd quarter. For many years the big jr high trip has been a 3-day adventure at Genesee Valley Learning Center and students rave about the wonderful experience. There have been many updates to buildings and grounds that have made BMCH a peaceful oasis.
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Posted September 10, 2013

We are so excited to start the our third year at BMCH! The school is wonderful and we're happy about the addition of a Reading Specialist to the staff...just another way to show how much they care about their students needs. What a great place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

My son is a student at BMCH and this is his 6th year in the school. This is THE best fit for my son. The program lets him learn at his pace and the teachers are very encouraging.. Academically he is way above the curve, but more importantly we as parents feel that he is getting a well rounded education. There are a lot of after school activities offered this year. There was some chaos a couple of years back when the administration changed but things have stabilized now. The staff and teachers are the absolute best.
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Posted April 30, 2013

Enroll Today!!! I have been a parent at BMCH for three years now. I have two children attending BMCH. As a parent, I marvel at how they have grown in knowledge and in self confidence. My kids are so excited about learning and about BMCH that they often ask , "We're not going to be late for school...are we?" They love waking up in the morning to go to school. The teachers are incredible! My kids are advanced in math, have a passion for creative writing, and are curious about their environment. You can't put a price tag on that kind of education! In addition to the education, there's a variety of extracurricular activities offered to the students. The school offers, Yoga, Indian Dance, Drama, Music, Chess...and other activites after school. It is fully my intention to keep my children at BMCH until 8th grade. I have no doubt that this school will continue to exceed my expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2013

My daughter has been at BMCH since she was just 2 years old. She's five now, can read, write in block and cursive letters, knows where Tanzania is, does basic math, can identify different trees/wildflowers, and takes care of the rabbits and chickens they have on campus. What my daughter learns at this school is to be a good citizen, polite, kind hearted, caring, responsible, and frankly she's become a pretty awesome kid. I attribute much of her attitude and behaviors to the school and we are grateful for it. She runs circles around our friends children who attend regular 'daycare' and or public schools. You will be hard pressed to find a campus which is even half as beautiful or expansive as BMCH. Even though they have never had a problem with security, they have added a security guard to the staff, and I'm sure every parent can agree that provides a sense of relief. My daughter loves her teacher, and learns something new every day. We keep a notebook in her school bag where her teacher sends us notes. It's simple, but I know what is going on with my daughter. We plan to stay at BMCH through 8th grade!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2013

BMCH Rocks! As the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Specialist, I have the opportunity to work with bright, inquisitive, and exceptional students. During the school day, Lower Elementary and Junior High students transform into aeronautic, rocket, civil, satellite-design, mechanical, and electrical engineers, scientist, geologist, and environmentalist. They are fully engaged and enjoy building models using the Engineering Design Process (EDP)! Not only do I work with the students, but with the wonderful staff and administration. The staff will be attending Professional Development seminars on campus that will include "The Next Generation Science Standards" and the latest, cutting-edge STEM lessons. I had the privilege of learning first hand what a great place BMCH was last summer while working as the STEM instructor at summer camp! We had a blast constructing and flying airplanes, designing, testing and launching rockets, building edible towers, and much, much more! The students, staff, and administration at BMCH are great and I am so glad to be a part of this community! STEM Specialist


Posted March 9, 2013

I love BMCH and my children love attending BMCH. We have been a part of the BMCH community for nearly 17 years. Both of my children started at age 3 in the primary classroom. One has graduated from BMCH and the other still attends. We have seen an experienced first hand all the school has to offer, from an excellent quality Montessori education; to loving, caring teachers and staff. Any transition can prove to be difficult and the school experienced a great transition with the passing of its founder and headmistress. However, the new administration is making notable changes not only to the physical surroundings of the school but enhancements to the curriculum, extra curricular activities, safety and security. The Montessori education fosters an out of the box way of thinking, creates a desire for learning, and develops true leadership skills. I truly believe in the Montessori Method and in Bowie Montessori Children s House.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2013

I attended at BMSH with great trouble the teachers were cold hearted and cruel not letting you have lunch unless you completed your "work list" and would keep you from eating until you finished. it some kids got hardly anything to eat. The school was rather expensive to. I left the school and give this review from the eyes of the student


Posted January 23, 2013

I love this school! It is a perfect match for my family. The administrator is just wonderful. She is thoughtful, supportive, innovative and has high standards for the school. In the past 3 years I've seen her strategically upgrade the campus, which I believe she's not done with. It's thrilling to see how she uses the land to expand and improve outdoor education! Additionally, she's been able to retain highly educated teachers. In today's society it's important to have qualified teachers in the classroom. When I received the schools mailer, I noticed that all the teachers have their AMI qualification plus additional educational experience. I also have gained a greater understanding of the Montessori program. It truly focuses on the "whole child". His teacher is super-fantastic! She caring, gentle and kind to all the students. I've been telling all my friends about this school two of which have enrolled their children. The adminstration and the teachers at BMCH, should receive the national recognition of excellence!!!!! When you enroll your child, you'll see what I mean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

Love, Love, Love BMCH! My daughter graduated from BMCH and is doing exceptionally well in high school. She attended BMCH from the age of 3 until she graduated from the 8th grade. BMCH graduates not only do well in high school but in life. They are confident, articulate, and fully understand their place in this world. We also have another daughter in the 4th grade and she is such a bright awesome child that is getting exactly what she needs to be successful in all areas of her life. She will also be a graduate of BMCH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

Words can not fully capture my satisfaction with BMCH. My son has been attending the school since he was 3 years old. Since then I've seen constant improvement with the grounds itself, administration and the school staff. Everyone knows your name and who you kids are. Administration has taken the time personally to talk with me, show me around the new facility and ask about my families well-being. This administration is second to none. She has gone above and beyond what any parent would expect. I am eternally grateful to her and will forever sing her praises. As for my sons teacher, she has been a remarkable individual. I am not sure what I will do next year when he goes to lower elementary. From the very beginning, she has taken a personal interest in my son. Noticing the little things about his personality tells me she's watching and cares. She encourages me to look at all his best qualities and focus on them. What teacher do you know today only sees the best in your child when he's giving her a hard time? Most teachers, like myself, are stressed out with testing and grades that we forget about the child. Not at BMCH. They teach the "whole" child with precision!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I'm very pleased with Bowie Montessori Children's House. I have a boy and girl at the school each in different primary classes. They are learning so much, not just about math and science, and reading, but about being a part of a community, and intellectual curiosity, and empathy, and our connection to each other and the world. I am grateful for this wonderful option and would highly recommend that parents give it a try. The only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars is because recently the parent association has become slightly less formal than I would like.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

Our son started at Bowie Montessori Children's House at the age of four and continued through the junior high program. Looking back, it was the best choice we could have ever made for him. We believe in the Montessori method and made sure that we incoroporated it outside of his classroom environment, which is a very important part as a parent. With the help of his teachers and peers, he became a very strong, independent, and confident young man who shows compassion and respect for others and his environment. He is now an honors student in high school and is still flourishing! This school provided a solid foundation for learning, as well as the love of learning that he still carries with him today. If you wonder if Montessori is for your child, visit and see for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2013

My children and I love BMCH. The teachers and staff are GREAT!! This is our first year in a Montessori school. I was nervous about how the transition would be for my children. The teachers and staff made it a very smooth and comfortable transition for my kids. Thank you. Your hard work and dedication is much appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2012

I have two children who have been at BMCH for three years. They are excited about learning and love coming to school. I highly recommend BMCH!
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 65% 35%
White 16% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Hispanic 2% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Bowie, MD 20715
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