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14138 Travilah Road
Rockville, MD 20850

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(301) 309-9532
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July 15, 2015
After 4 years at PMDS, I have only great things to say about this school. My son came into this school a little wild man and is leaving a confident, friendly, well-rounded child who LOVES school and learning. I have found the school to be very welcoming with parents and the staff at this school is unbeatable. We are sad to be leaving but my job is requiring a move. Would recommend this school whole-hardheartedly to anyone looking for a well-run private school with Montessori education at its core.

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May 27, 2015
My son started at this school two years ago and has really flourished. The teachers all seem to be terrific and truly love what they do. He loves his classroom, friends, and talks about his teachers frequently. He is very happy and that is what I wanted the most. Academically, I have seen a lot of growth and am impressed by the cultural exposure. Facility is well maintained, clean, welcoming, and you can tell the school is well managed. Office has always been very courteous and responsive to my needs. I recommended the school to my friends last year and they have been happy with their experience as well. Kudos to PMDS! Keep up the great work!

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December 04, 2014
I have had a very positive experience with this school. Both my children love their teachers, are doing great academically, and I feel are very well cared for. The school is def. one of the best in the area. It has a lot of heart. You can tell the teachers and admin care about what they are doing and are invested in it. I also was told by another parent that TWO children from this school are now the current student council presidents at Landon and Holton-Arms this year. I have found administration very nice and have had zero problems. Although I don t think any one school can be a perfect fit for everyone, I wanted to post a review because it HAS been a great fit for my family and children and I recommend it all the time.

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December 01, 2014
Our son is very comfortable at Primary Montessori and loves going to school. The academics have been good so far. We have had a lot of unpleasant interactions dealing with the administrative leadership. The administrator while passionate about Montessori education, is highbrowed, cold and condescending towards parents. Rather than treat parents as partners in their child's education, her presence and tone place parents as antagonists who need to be "taught" how to handle their children when genuine questions come up. Also, the administrative secretary who is the sister-in law of the administrator is so presumptuous and rude that I am appalled by the fact that someone of that nature is handling all of the front line communication. The school doesn't value parent feedback for program improvement. We have never seen any parent surveys. The general tone is that are unexcelled by any school. The drop off/pick up loop saves time but parents don't get to go inside the school. Drop off/pick up teachers might be from one of the other classrooms. Sometimes we don't see the direct teacher for few weeks, making it difficult to find out how your child is doing unless you ask for a conference.

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November 18, 2014
My daughter has been here since she was 3, she's now 5 and loves the school more and more. This school is new, clean and beautiful. The principle is strict in the best way, she does an amazing job. The teachers are all loving and really care for each child with love. The staff couldn't be better. I think it's the best place I visited when years ago and still is, I have been spoiled and can't get myself to like other schools, I'm sad that I have to look for a new school when my daughter goes to fourth grade. My daurher is growing to be a stonge young woman and I couldn't ask for more. Thank you primary montesorri day school!!

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November 06, 2014
Love this school! It is the real deal - awesome certified teachers; beautiful well equipped rooms; mixed age classes. It is hard to find real Montessori these days. My child will be right there until 4th grade. I wish she could stay longer! Her teachers love and care for her the way I would and I can tell you from having much older children who went to other schools - this place is amazing.

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August 06, 2014
We enrolled our son into the twos/toddler program 2 years ago. He is now in the primary classroom and we are thrilled with his and our experience. The teachers in this school are loving, kind, and top-notch educators. The facility itself is beautiful and inviting. We looked at every Montessori school in our area and this one stands-out for good reason. A++++

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May 01, 2014
This school is wonderful. We have had such a nice experience. The teachers go above and beyond. My child loves his teachers and the smiles, laughs, love, hugs, and care the staff at this school provides is everything we wanted for our child. The educational experience has been phenomenal. It has been worth every penny spent. Thank you Ms. Anthony and Primary staff for all you do!

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April 04, 2014
My son and daughter attend this school. Both my children are doing very well, are happy, and love their teachers. I find the school to be very accommodating and they seem to really have the children's best interests at heart. I wanted my children to be loved and cared for, to benefit from a Montessori education, and go to school somewhere they loved. All three of my requirements have been met. I have, and do, recommend this school to other parents.

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December 11, 2013
My husband and I really like this school. I have two children here (2 and 5) and they both love their teachers. I have found the teachers to be very loving, kind, and treat the children with respect. The staff there are always smiling and seem to genuinely love the children. Our kids tell us all the time how much fun they have and the education they are receiving is amazing. My 5 year old is reading chapter books and doing dynamic addition! Administration has always been helpful and friendly. Would recommend the school to other parents. Great choice for Montessori education.

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November 08, 2013
john jacob jemiheimer smitz. his name is my name too. whenever we go out. the people always shout.

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October 27, 2013
This school has good and bad points. The administration can be an issue and each lady is condescending and pompous in her own way. It is not a nonprofit as advertised but a family run business. It is overpriced. You can expect to pay upwards of 16k for just school. There are no enrichment options whatsoever. It is not a bad or great school. It is o.k. I left with a satisfactory overall xperience. I know of parents who loved and hated their experiences.

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October 15, 2013
Wow! I am so surprised to read the previous posting. My child currently attends PMDS. I visited every Montessori school within 30 minutes of my house before deciding. I wanted a real Montessori program where my child could stay for many years and where I knew she would be loved and well-taken care of. The first day of school we were able to go into my child s class with her. The next few days we stayed close by in the library or on the porch with the other new parents. The administration has been very welcoming and accommodating to my child s needs. I can imagine that some children are just not ready to separate from their parents or maybe we are not ready to separate from them! I just dropped mine off this morning and she absolutely loves it there! My one wish would be that extended day was open till 630pm instead of 6.

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October 02, 2013
The "Principal's POV" posted as of Sep13 says it all - expect this reaction to any complaints you may have about the school. The school also will react to parents that complain (and their child) - be forewarned. My child attended this school and it was a nightmare. You know it's bad when a child has to be forcibly removed kicking and screaming at drop-off two months in. Very happy for the parents who's children are happy there and there are some good teachers there; but not enough of an off-set.

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September 16, 2013
Our son attended this wonderful school last school year. Unfortunately we had to move and take him out of the Primary Montessori Day School. We really miss this school a lot! Everybody is very caring and the academic, social and emotional progress our son made is amazing. I wish we could have taken the whole school with us!! Thanks, thanks, thanks for all what you have done for us! You are great!

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September 19, 2012
My son attended PMDS from Pre-K to Kindergarden until 2010, I have to Thank the dedicated teachers and Principal for providing a very pleasant environment to learn.

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July 14, 2012
My child graduated from Primary Montessori this year and I would just like to state how much we have loved this school. My child loved his teachers and classmates and has thrived in this environment for the last 3 years. He is leaving reading at a grade 2 level, performing advanced arithmetic, and learned life skills (leadership, organization, a free thinker) that will be so beneficial as he moves forward. I cannot thank everyone enough for your hard work, dedication, and love you show these children each day. I never had any problems with administration at this school, bullying, or any such thing. I can agree I wish there was more parking; however I would not pass a great school up on limited parking space. Besides, the school arranged for parking across the street during whole school events, so I never found it a major issue. I personally felt there were plenty of social gatherings. We had fun at the school picnic, Halloween party, classroom socials, parent-night out, silent journey, etc. In the end, we have had a wonderful experience and recommend it to any parent looking for a quality educational program where you know your children are safe and loved.

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July 07, 2012
Don't be fooled by the beautiful interior of the this school. It masks its flaws. First, the administration is awful.They don't treat parents with respect and don't address concerns seriously. We had a case where my child was being bullied and the teacher actually told me to call the parent of the bully myself! The bullying was happening in school so I felt that the teacher should have addressed this with the parent directly. Terrible. I've also spoken to several other parents with similar issues with bullies and the school simply won't address it. In fact, the administration sent out a very RUDE letter addressed to all of the parents of the school on the issue of bullying. Basically, there is no policy on bullying or bad behavior. Also, the school doesn't have any family events. There are 2 a year and at that, you are not allowed to bring your other children. I would prefer a setting that includes my entire family. And parking is not an issue when you want to bring your other children. You will feel isolated and excluded when it comes to your child's early education at this school. Your concerns will not be addressed. You will be placated. Not a feeling I want for $15K a year.

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May 23, 2012
I am posting a negative review because of the way the administration handles parents. Our teacher is great, but the leadership leaves me uneasy. There is no dialogue between parents and teachers except for the annual child progress review. I also feel that my concerns are not addressed in a courteous manner leaving me discouraged and isolated. Also, there are very few school gatherings. The school says it is because there is not enough parking to have more activities, but there should be different alternatives to meet and create a better bond with the school. I feel very disconnected with this school, and feel that the Montessori method just wasn t for us.

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May 21, 2012
Thanks to the prescreening eye exam at school two years ago, we found out our daughter had to wear glasses at the age of 3. It was quite a challenge to get her used to wearing glasses at such an early age. But with TLC and help by teachers, we slowly and patiently increased the hours of her wearing glasses over the long period of time and recently we were told that her vision has improved! For the last couple of months, my daughter suffered from severe seasonal allergy with swollen/itchy eyes. But again, even with limited staffing, PMDS extended their TLC, providing suvervision for my daughter to have indoor activity over a few weeks while other kids were having outdoor time. I feel like I can talk to them any day/time and more importantly, they do listen and care about what I address. Besides the school has been so good at monitoring/assessing my kid promptly when she does not feel well. This is such an assuarance for us since she had an episode of fibrill seizure at the age of 2. As a full time working mom, I feel confident that my child is under excellent care for up to 9 hours every day!

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May 20, 2012
This is my child's 3rd school, and so far it is the best one. Yes it does have problems, and I heard some very negative stories recently. I guess it depends on what you expect from the school. I am a working mom and I only expect a good daycare, who can make my child happy when I work, and this one meets my expectation. My child likes the teachers and has her best friends there. When she is happy, I am happy. I honestly don't expect her to learn too much,maybe because she is in per-school now. Several things I don't like: very limited communication between school and parents (can we do more one to one parent conference than once a year?), no lunch offered not even catering option ( Franklin has it)' and the uniform requirement (lands end is pretty expensive). Overall it is acceptable although not great.

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April 14, 2012
My daughter attended this school for 3 years and is graduating Kindergarten this year. She is a wonderful, smart, kind, and confident little girl and I attribute her attendance to Primary Montessori as a big part of it. They were a home away from home and she flourished there. The personal and academic growth over the last few years in our daughter has been amazing and the transition to a new school next year will be a hard one (for us as parents! Haha). The classroom environment itself is fantastic, but the loving attitude of her teachers is what we will remember the most. Administration was always responsive to our needs and welcoming. I recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality Montessori school with a balanced approach. There is a unique warmth to this school that is hard to find elsewhere.

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January 28, 2012
Hands down - the best!!! Our son just started at this school in September and we LOVE it. I wish I had gone with my heart originally as my husband and I had toured several Montessori schools in the area before choosing one for our son. Unfortunately, we chose the wrong one based on a lower price with a more daycare style schedule . and I realize now what a huge mistake that was. I fell in love with this school when we toured it, but another school that was also local was cheaper and although we liked this one more it s a hard economy and we went with the other cheaper school. A year later here we are (with several other parents from that school!) at the school we should have just gone to in the first place! The hard truth is you get what you pay for. Lesson learned. Our son is thriving now he is with a certified Montessori teacher, in a beautiful classroom, friendly kids, and teachers/assistants who love him. It s been such a wonderful change.Thank you Ms. Anthony and all your wonderful teachers/staff! Please don t make the same mistake we did choose the school you know in your heart is best not the one that saves you a few bucks or gives you a coupon!

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November 01, 2011
My daughter is in this class and she loves her teacher. I am please with her progress. Her teacher is always available whenever I have a question or concern regarding my daughter. I know she is in the class because I get a progress report when I ask her and my daughter tells me what she did! The class teacher and the administration have always available to address my questions,concerns or suggestions. I would first get my facts straight before I write a review!

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August 17, 2011
BEST CHOICE. Both of my girls attended this school. They are now 9 and 11, but I was researching schools since I was pregnant with my first one. When I visited PMDS I just felt this was the best learning environment that a child can have. The facility is beautiful, clean and very safe. Teachers know each student and his/her individual needs very well. Most importantly, my girls developed a love of learning there that is still obvious and I know will continue to be. This is the most priceless advantage a child can possess in life. Every summer, my girls can't wait to go back to school! They have been in advanced reading and math (1 and 2 grades above grade) since they left PMDS. My older one is beginning middle school this year and she has been placed in the most advanced classes for all subjects. Furthermore, my girls know more about the world than most kids thanks to PMDS. I'm now pregnant with my third (it's a girl!) and I'm so thankful to have such a wonderful Montessori choice for her too. Academically and socially it couldn't be better. My girls (and our family) are still close to some of the friends/families we met there, even if the children attend different schools now.

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December 04, 2010
My daughter graduated from the Primary Montessori Day School last year and my second child will be entering their primary program this coming September. My daughter attended the program from the age of 3 years old and thrived at the school. She is doing great at her new private school tested in easily to grade 3 - and the teachers at her new school have actually commented on how well-prepared she is. I have recommended the school to many of my neighbors and coworkers and they have all expressed their gratitude for the referral. . I toured MANY schools before choosing and researched all of them. Not sure if the previous poster is misinformed or what but the school is Maryland State approved the teachers all have bachelor s degrees and Montessori certification, and my understanding is while the school as a whole has chosen not to affiliate with AMS or AMI (Director was very open with me about her reasons why), it s teacher s all maintain their memberships and attend ongoing professional training. I have never felt like I did not know where my child was I had multiple conferences every year and reports. My only gripe is playground - wish it had more open space.

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July 19, 2010
PMDS provides children with the tools they need to be successful, well-rounded, respectful, thoughtful, and kind. Unlike the more "traditional" system, this school focuses and nurtures curiosity and provides a solid foundation built on learning fundamentals and presenting material in a comprehensive -- as opposed to worksheet drills -- manner. The emphasis is on learning/teaching not testing!

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March 25, 2010
My son started attending this school in preschool and will be entering 3rd grade here next year. I cannot say enough good things about the well-rounded education that is provided here by a great staff of teachers. The value of the education, particularly in the elementary classroom is excellent. You will find no other school with this type of teacher student ratio. I highly recommend it and am particularly sold on the environment it provides for young boys- hands on, experiential learning.

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February 21, 2010
My chid has been in the primary program for three years and he has thrived at Primary Montessori. The curriculum is well-rounded, as from the early years they are exposed to geography, science, different cultures, social studies, etc. He has become a confident reader in his Kindergarten year, and has learned to do arithmetic by working with the Montessori materials. Thanks to the wonderful teachers who have done an amazing job!

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May 21, 2008
I admire the dedication of the teachers at Primary Montessori, they go out of their way to prepare their students to transition into their next school. Both of my children had a wonderful experience at Primary Montessori. My children are well-rounded, well-mannered, and most of all self-motivated!

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May 09, 2008
I have really had a wonderful experience with this school. The teacher s are nurturing and the environment is just beautiful. I love the diversity in both the staff and children. My child learned a great deal, but more importantly now really loves to learn. As a comment to the previous reviewer I did not have the same experience with teacher changes. My child had the same teacher for three years.

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May 02, 2008
this school bascially can't retain good teachers. in my son's class either the teacher or assistant change every year, sometimes during the year. i also doubt the quality of some teachers bc some of them i can't even understand their english.

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April 22, 2008
The school has been an excellent experience...I have both my kids in there and from the time we started they have come a long way..the principal,Mrs.Anthony has been exceptional and the staff is excellent...I would highly recommend it to everybody..

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March 22, 2008
Hands down the best Montessori school in the area. Amazing director, caring teachers, great kids, and wonderful program. My child is now in the gifted program at her elementary school.

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February 02, 2008
Wonderful Montessori school. Have sent all 3 of my children through the primary and elementary program and do not hesitate to recommend it. Facility and classrooms are beautiful and the teachers are excellent.

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November 08, 2007
Excellent for preschoolers. Very clean and organized

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August 22, 2007
I think the teachers at Primary Montessori Day School at Travilah are excellent, on the other hand the Director Mrs.Anthony is money oriented, as tuition raises 5% each year, and her school is signed up as 'non-profit' at the same time I did not see a diverse group of children, as well as the staff.

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July 12, 2007
Reports cards are not clear, teachers are not dedicated, website contain old information, in my opinion curriculum is poor, my child learned more in sunday school in 4 hours then one week of school

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Many parents want to know what makes us different then other Montessori schools in the area. The answer is everything that we think matters. Our school is a non-profit private school. The Primary Montessori Day School was founded and is headed by a teacher who taught for over 35 years in a Montessori school before deciding to open a school where she felt "Montessori would be done right". We are not a "chain" of Montessori schools. Our focus is on education - not business. This principle alone grounds our school culture in a very significant and unique way.

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Primary Montessori Day School
14138 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD  20850
(301) 309-9532
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Primary Montessori Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top