Lee Montessori Becomes Only Fully-Recognized Public Montessori School in DC
Fourth Year Charter School meets the International Montessori Standard
Washington, DC — On Friday, May 25, 2018, staff from the Association Montessori Internationale for the United States notified Lee Montessori Public Charter School that it officially meets the pedagogical standards of excellence that Maria Montessori envisioned. Not only is Lee Montessori one of the few public schools to earn Recognition-level accreditation nationally, it is also the only Public elementary school in Washington, DC to achieve this distinction for ages 3-12.
AMI Recognition is a tool developed by AMI-USA to support parent-choice in determining whether a school adheres to the levels of integrity and completeness of the Montessori model. “To receive an AMI Certificate of Recognition, a school must be in compliance with all of the AMI standards” says AMI-USA interim Executive Director Alyssa Schwartz. “To earn this in the context of the high demands of a public school demonstrates the entire school community’s commitment to providing a free, quality education for the diverse population of children served.”
Lee Montessori PCS was founded in 2014 with the mission of using the Montessori Method to close the opportunity gap while fostering a lifetime love of learning and cultivating independence among DC school children. Since then, the school has distinguished itself with strong academic performance and positive social-emotional development for its students. Co-Founder and Principal Megan Hubbard said that this feat represented “a full-court press effort from the entire Lee Montessori community, and each of us should feel proud of the accomplishment.”
Lee Montessori is a public school, with over 92% of revenues coming from public funds and an open, lottery-based admissions process. Dominique Fortune, Founding Board Chair and Mid-Atlantic Region Manager for Building Hope, stated that, “creating a high-quality, public option to all children, regardless of background, income level, or special needs status, is critical to our Board’s commitment to closing the Opportunity Gap in Washington, DC.”
Over 1,200 students attend public Montessori schools in Washington, DC - four public charter schools and three district-run schools. Lee Montessori Co-Founder and Head of School Chris Pencikowski said that, “whether a school focuses on fidelity to the original model, language immersion, or culturally inclusive principles, we’re proud to be part of a strong Montessori community and look forward to working together to improve outcomes for the families we serve.”
With approximately 175 students currently enrolled in grades PK3 through 4th, Lee Montessori is an intentionally small, diverse community. Susann Edwards, President of the Lee Montessori Family-Teacher Association said that, “As families, we are proud that a strong school-home connection has assisted in building this community and we will continue to help it grow and thrive."
About Lee Montessori
Lee Montessori Public Charter School is a registered 501(c)3 chartered by the DC Public Charter School Board to serve children in grades Pre-Kindergarten-3 through 6th Grade. For more information, visit www.leemontessori.org.