ToTH Montessori, founded as Toddlers on the Hill in 2012, is an OSSE-licensed and voucher approved independent Montessori school for children between the ages of 18 months and 6 years of age. ToTH is a member school of the International Montessori Council. Our school is located in the first floor suite of the Arthur Capper Recreation Center in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, DC. We offer full and part day programs for toddlers and a full day primary program. Learn more about our programs.
We offer the fully implemented Montessori Method developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our learning environments are carefully arranged according to the best practices and principles with trained teachers, world class materials and a unique and balanced year-round school calendar. Each month our community engages in parent education workshops. Outside of school, our families are a close knit and supportive community.
ToTH is committed to offering our parent community a neighborhood school that is right for D.C., while never losing sight of how best to meet the children’s needs the Montessori way: a prepared environment, routine and consistency, a mixed-age group, and above all, peaceful uninterrupted work periods that foster concentration and bring joy to each child. This unique and widely-lauded education method, developed more than a century ago by Italian physician Maria Montessori, is built around developmentally appropriate environments, self-directed learning, mixed-age classrooms, and social responsibility. We value the 110 years of cumulative observation and research on this method and we feel that a school based on the Montessori Method is the best that we can offer the toddlers and preschoolers in our neighborhood.
The Montessori approach
What can you expect in a Montessori classroom?
Uninterrupted work periods which allow children to develop deep concentration as they freely explore the hands-on learning environment, repeat and master skills at their own pace.
A belief that children are worthy of our respect and capable of tending their own needs, from a very young age.