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"Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world."
-- Maria Montessori


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Lee Montessori was founded in 2014 to challenge inequity and close the opportunity gap in Washington DC. Today, we are a high-performing public charter school in a racially and socioeconomically diverse community, empowering each child we serve to transform society.


The Lee Montessori Difference

Lee Montessori’s highly trained instructors provide individualized instruction to each child in an inclusive environment. Our student outcomes exceed national averages because every student is empowered to reach their fullest potential. As one of 5 public Montessori schools in Washington, DC, we closely follow Dr. Montessori’s original principles and vision to create a peaceful learning environment.


High-Fidelity Montessori

  • High-Quality Teacher Training

  • Personalized Work

  • Extended Work Periods

  • Highly-Structured Classrooms

  • Larger classes (28-34)


Whole-Child Supports

  • Montessori Response to Intervention

  • Trauma-Informed Care

  • Social Emotional Support and Development

  • Family Care & Support


Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Anti-Bias/AntiRacist Training & Practice

  • Culturally Inclusive

  • Family & Community Engagement

  • Commitment to Staff Diversity


Two Locations



Offering a highly personalized education for a diverse community of 240 students (preK - Grade 6) in the former St. Paul’s Seminary campus in Ward 5.


East End

Opening in August! The 1st full Montessori school East of the Anacostia River will welcome our first 88 PreK-3 and PreK-4 students in Fall 2019.