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PK-8
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Bowie, MD
Students enrolled: 161

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5004 Randonstone Lane
Bowie, MD 20715

(301) 262-3566
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March 04, 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
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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a teacher
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
May 09, 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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
January 03, 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
January 01, 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
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
December 30, 2012
I am so excited that I found this school! As I was always told, don't believe everything you hear and ask your own questions. Well, I am glad I ventured beyond and visited BMCH when deciding what Montessori school to choose for our son. We had the privilege to talk to teachers, staff, and parents and take a tour of the beautiful campus. It was exactly the place for us. Now at 7 years old, our son is making tremendous progress academically and developing life skills that has put him way ahead of the kids of our peers attending other schools. As you decide now for the new school year where you want your child to go to school, as a parent, I not only recommend Montessori education, but I highly recommend BMCH for the school's ability to serve the WHOLE child.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2012
A Montessori education was always going to be my first choice for my child's education and for the past 3 years at Bowie Montessori Children's House, our child gets stellar education in a culturally and ethnically diverse school population (very important for me). If you want a well-rounded child, this would be the school choice because the school believes a child's learning should be challenging for their level but lay the foundation for each new educational experience. That's what we are experiencing at Bowie Montessori Children's House. The teachers are excellent, from Pre-K up, school leadership is strong, and the environment is so conducive to learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
When you arrive at the Bowie Montessori Childrens House you will find a beautiful 22 acre campus with mature trees, nature paths, play grounds, and well maintained school buildings. The campus has a very inviting feel to it. It is clean, safe, structured and a peaceful environment conducive to learning. The staff are professional and caring. There is a great rapport between teachers, staff, administration, and parents. Excellent teachers, great programs, and a challenging curriculum are just some of the many reasons that I would recommend the Bowie Montessori Childrens House as the best school for your child. The administration demonstrates strong leadership and attention to detail which promotes the Montessori philosophy. They are always there to answer any of your questions or address any of you concerns. It is a wonderful opportunity for your child's future.

- submitted by a teacher
October 27, 2012
We are committed to the Montessori philosophy. We transferred our daughter to Bowie three years ago when our daughter's former Montessori school ended at 3rd grade. She is in 6th grade now. We travel from Montgomery County to go to Bowie and are impressed with Bowie. She has a late birthday and is always one of the youngest students in her class. At Bowie, she receives one on one reading and math intervention. Her teacher is very qualified and imaginative. She has phy ed, art, and drama. Bowie just added a science lab for the upper elementary class. Bowie does optional academic and speech assessments in the fall and regular standardized testing in the spring. The upper elementary school receives SAT prep. We plan to keep our daughter at Bowie through middle school. Bowie has great after school programs including a STEM club, drama lessons, and instrumental music lessons. There are opportunities for parent involvement ie., chaperoning field trips and parent seminars. Teachers and administrators are available for parent conferences. While there was some teacher turn over in the lower grades last year, my daughter has had the same teacher for the past three years.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
I wish I had read the review dated Aug. 9, 2011, and not enrolled our child in Bowie Montessori. This has been a painful year in this school for our family and we should not have experienced it. As the other reviewer wrote, "NO ONE shoud have experienced it. "To be clear, I am not talking about the pain of losing a teacher mid year. Do not accept that cover story.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
This school's administration is really irresponsible in terms of fostering a good relationship with its parents, and making decisions that truly benefit its children. BMCH has an unstable staff where the teachers leave in the middle of the school year. I do not plan to return next year... my kid has suffered enough.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
I had my children enrolled at the school for four years. In the earlier years the founder and headmistress, while suffering from declining health, was still able to foster the traditions and culture that originally made this school a success. When she was finally in her end stages of her condition, I am sad to say I was among the voices that thought the incoming administrative staff was a good idea. After the passing of the founder and subsequent ascension to power of the current administration, I learned of my mistake. In the very first parent association meeting, the administration informed us that parent input was not welcome at the school because it always comes with strings attached. Things rapidly declined from there. The following year, a number of highly experienced teachers were forced out, many of them nearing retirement anyway. This was supposedly because of a change in Maryland Law that requires certification by a Montessori body by 2015. With five years to go to that deadline, the administration proceeded to force out teachers because they were not AMI certified, but rather AMS, despite the fact that these same teachers had made the school in the first place.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
I have seen Montesorri soar and fall through a window. This has been a painful year in this school for our family and we should not have experienced it. In fact, NO ONE shoud have experienced it. I am relieved to FINALLY get out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
My 2nd grade son has been here for 1 year. It fits him and his style of learning. As a parent, I also provide him additional workbooks that are more traditional teaching so that he gets both the montesorri and public school style of learning. He has learned multiplication, division, fractions, etc. He reads a book in class and copies a page for handwriting each day which also incorporates sentence structure learning and identification. He learns poem structures. He learns about the world, countries, nature, etc. He gets play time daily, drama by older students, american history costume program, science experiments, garden growing, animals in classes, etc. Each quarter, the parents come in 15 min slots & kids demonstrate in class what they are learning so there is no mystery and you can assert for yourself what your kid is learning. They are introducing standardized testing options which I like too. Music teacher afterschool option to teach kid instruments. My experience has been good. "Some" teachers leaving (one retiring) but in my field folks leave jobs too. Looks like from their background, the new teachers are young with Masters Degrees so still tops public school crop.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
A school with beautiful grounds , pleasant little class rooms & a diverse population of students that attracts more parents . How ever times have changed and the new administration even though spruced up the grounds disregarded the parents and created enough tensions to lose good , well known and experienced staff . A painful year for present parents , a lot of whom have not got what they expected in terms of education for their children. Donot let the grounds allure you; ask for why teachers have left ? why extra activities like gym , music , drama , dance , PE are not part of their program? A high end day care for children still in their initial years of schooling! If this is what you are looking for then its perfect . For some thing more first look at other programs. Finally parents are not the ones who can be heard as they are taught to be scared of higher authorities!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2011
I really wanted to love this school. Initially, I was impressed with the beautiful campus and wonderful, kind teachers who had been the heart and soul of the school for decades. Although communication with the administration was limited, my child was learning so much in the classroom that I didn't mind. However, many of the teachers have left or are leaving, and communication with the administration has deteriorated. My child was learning so much but now doesn't want to go to school. We will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
BEWARE ! If you are a potential parent then don't waste your time here; if you are a present parent then get out fast .Please do not waste your money or your child's time! This school is on its down fall. With a change of administration this school is now run by an administration that totally disregards the parents or its experienced staff. The experienced and reputed teachers are leaving or have already been forced to leave. The internal school politics , the lack of an understanding administration and finally the stepping down of good staff makes you wonder if you, as a parent are really as wise as you think ! If you still feel that this is the school for your precious ones then make sure you get the right teacher and you are not paying only to make your child work in the early mornings on the road directing traffic, shoveling snow, raking leaves and much more. Because at the end of the day , it will be your little ones that will compete for high school and face the SAT.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 29, 2010
Do not send your child to this school beyond Kindergarten. My child did great initially under one pre-k thru 1st grade teacher who is no longer there. My child was so ill prepared and needed so much support after leaving this school. Your child will slip through the cracks if you are not careful. Have an independent standardized test to confirm your child's progress or you will pay dearly for not being on top of things. Only a few if any children are able to get into good private high schools after 8th grade. Perhaps if your child is a genius this school is ok. If not, you will suffer later with your decision.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
I have two kids at BMCH, and they both love it, it is an awesome opportunity to learn and get ahead. The headmaster Mrs. Riley is leaving, but has left the school in good hands. We will miss her. BMCH is an awesome school for the Montessori experience. The philosophy of the Montessori Education is for Life.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2008
Both my children have attended BMCH for at least three years in the primary program with different teachers. Generally speaking, it APPEARS that the Montessori Philosophy is being appropriately implemented at BMCH. I say it 'APPEARS' to be implemented because during the three + years we have never been allowed in a classroom during the school day, been given any information about curriculum, or had a clear and comprehensive discussion about my children's progress. The administration is run like a dictatorship and communication with parents has always been condescending and minimal. The teachers are micromanaged by the administration and I never feel like I am having an open and honest discussion. Students come and go for different reasons but one common thread is parent dissatisfaction with communication between school and families and the lack of tolerance for children that do not immediately fit some predetermined profile.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 04, 2006
For a Montessori school, this one is big, which was a little overwhelming for me at first. However, after a year, I have been very pleased with my 3 yr. olds progress in the program. This school has a very diverse , international population, both students and teachers. The campus is set in the woods on 22 gorgeous wooded acres.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
My children have attended this school since they were three. The teachers are great and the private campus atmosphere is wonderful. The kids really get the attention that they need.

- submitted by a parent
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Bowie Montessori Childrens House
5004 Randonstone Lane, Bowie, MD  20715
(301) 262-3566
Last modified Bowie Montessori Childrens House is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Bowie Montessori Childrens House Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top