Opening Fall 2016

Breakthrough Montessori offers free, high quality Montessori education to families in Washington, DC.

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About Breakthrough Montessori

The mission of Breakthrough is to provide families of Washington D.C. a fully implemented, public Montessori program for children between the ages of three and thirteen that enables them to develop within themselves the power to shape their lives and the world around them.

A place where all children thrive through student-centered, discovery-based learning; where families are embraced as essential partners in education and valued members of the school community; and where teachers have the support they need to create beautiful, engaging learning environments and to deliver personalized lessons that respond to the developmental needs of children.

Seamless Programming from Age 3 through 6th Grade

Development: Responding to the needs of learners at every stage of development

  • Full-day Montessori program, including before and after school
  • Mixed age classrooms
  • Hands-on Montessori curriculum
  • Montessori certified teachers
  • Individualized, student-centered instruction

Family Supports and Tiered Instruction

Prevention: Addressing learning challenges before they become disabilities

  • Early intervention from age 3
  • Focus on social and emotional well-being as well as academic achievement
  • Intensive family engagement
  • Data-informed instruction and intervention

Engage, Embrace, Explore

Community: Cultivating a robust network of support and life-long learning

  • Family-friendly community, including open houses, orientations, celebrations, potluck suppers
  • Newly renovated building and beautifully prepared environments
  • Partnerships with DC Central Kitchen, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Women in the Arts, National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector

All Day Montessori at Breakthrough

Breakthrough Montessori is pleased to offer a seamless all day Montessori experience for our students.

Families may choose the option that best meets their needs: traditional school day hours from 8:15am to 3:30pm, half day, or all day Montessori. All activities, regardless of the option, are directed by trained Montessori teachers.

Take a peek inside a typical day at Breakthrough Montessori with our model schedule:

7:30 Children arrive for early morning activities
Includes breakfast prep and cleanup
8:30 - 11:30 Morning Montessori work period
Includes integrated, hands-on experiences in language, math, geography, arts, music, and practical life
11:30 - 12:00 Outside time
12:00 - 1:00 Family-style lunch in classroom & transition to afternoon activities
1:00 - 3:30 Afternoon Montessori work period & napping for younger children
3:30 Transition to extended day activities or dismissal
3:30 - 6:00 Extended day activities in the Montessori environment
Includes practical life, gardening, cooking, music, arts
6:00 Evening pick-up

Essential Elements for Montessori Practice in the Public Sector

Are you curious to know what defines a high quality,
fully implemented Montessori program?

At Breakthrough Montessori, we use this Essential Elements Rubric to evaluate ourselves and our work. We strive for an exemplary rating in each of the five categories: Montessori Adults, Montessori Learning Environment, Family Engagement, Leadership and Organizational Development, and Assessment.

If you have any questions about how Breakthrough Montessori meets these standards, please contact us at

Our Team

Keith Whitescarver

Keith Whitescarver
Executive Director

Dr. Whitescarver brings 31 years of experience to the Breakthrough Montessori team. As founding director of the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector, Dr. Whitescarver has overseen efforts to support and expand high-quality public Montessori programs around the country. Dr. Whitescarver is a nationally recognized expert on literacy and Montessori pedagogy and has served on the faculties of the College of William and Mary, Ohio University, Wellesley College, and Lesley University in the fields of teacher education, school leadership, and sociology. In addition, he taught social studies for ten years in public high schools in Atlanta.

Hannah Richardson, Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Hannah Richardson
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

As Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Hannah Richardson monitors the daily implementation of the curriculum and serves as a pedagogical coach, working with teachers to improve instructional practice and adherence to Montessori principles. In doing so, Hannah ensures each Breakthrough classroom provides a high-quality Montessori environment for students.

Hannah is an AMI primary trained Montessori educator. She has 15 years of experience with Montessori schools, including a magnet school in Hartford, Connecticut and a neighborhood school on the south side of Chicago. She has served as classroom teacher, faculty mentor, and program coordinator, helping to bring high quality, fully implemented Montessori programming to schools around the country.

Request for Proposal

Janitorial Services

Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School (BMPCS) hereby solicits proposals for janitorial services of its complete facility located at: 1244 Taylor St. NW Washington, D.C. 20011. Breakthrough Montessori Public Charter School requires an after-hours cleaning crew for all classrooms, offices, common areas, and bathrooms. The school also requests one staff member to be present during the morning operational hours.

Contact Us

To learn more, contact us at (202) 810-5603 or

Address: 1244 Taylor St. NW, Washington DC 20011

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