Welcome To Norbeck Montessori

At Norbeck Montessori, fostering the whole child is at the core of what we do. We encourage each child’s unique potential, at his or her own pace, while surrounded by a warm, loving environment. Our mission is to educate, enrich, and encourage children to reach their fullest potential as curious, independent, socially responsible, kind, happy individuals. These early learning years are the most critical time to inspire a lifelong love of learning in a safe and caring environment. By encouraging parent involvement, facilitating ongoing professional development for our staff, and creating socially responsible global citizens, our students continue to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

Established in 1975 by Elizabeth Bissett, Norbeck Montessori started as a small one classroom concept with approximately 20 children. Today, Norbeck Montessori is still family owned and operated and has grown into a 5-classroom facility with the capacity to teach up to 118 students. Elizabeth Bissett’s original vision and determination still inspire our passion, our mission, and commitment to our children today.


We recognize that there are other preschool options, however, no one else can offer the unique benefits Norbeck Montessori can. We help your child grow, explore, learn and imagine from transitional two’s through Kindergarten.

Reputation: For over 40 years, we have inspired a love of learning in our children in the Rockville, MD area.

Nurturing, highly trained Montessori staff: All of our Montessori teachers have been trained and certified by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Additionally, each of our assistants have attended AMS training.

Meticulously prepared environment: Our lead teachers are “environmental engineers” who are ready to mentor, model, and guide each child’s progress and introduce new lessons to challenge and entice the children.

Proven Montessori method: Research demonstrates a Montessori child will step into an elementary school with an advantage academically, socially, and emotionally.

Whole child approach: Recognizing that children learn in different ways, our students are free to learn at their own pace, advancing through the curriculum when he or she is ready.

Deep learning: Hands-on learning emphasizes performance-based skills that move learning beyond simply memorizing information. Our children come to understand the “why”.



Norbeck Montessori offers Transitional Two’s, Primary Preschool, and Kindergarten curriculum for children ages 24 months to 6 years. It is during this critical learning period that children possess the greatest ability to learn more than any other period in their lives. That’s why finding the right preschool is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make as parents. We foster this learning period to its fullest potential, instilling a lifelong love of learning.

✓   Hands-on learning with Montessori materials in every classroom
✓  Proven reading program
✓  Fine Arts program
✓  Spanish Integration program
✓  Optional extra-curricular activities
✓  Extended day program
✓  Summers @ Norbeck Montessori

Transitional Two’s Toddler Program
Our Transitional Two's program is created with the two-year-old child as the focus. From the smaller class size to the furnishings, to the lessons themselves; everything is designed specifically for our littlest learners in mind.

Preschool / Primary Program
Working together, building skills, and learning with lessons that are educational and inviting. Each Montessori classroom is set up specifically for the children in that classroom and as their needs change, so does the environment.

Kindergarten Program
Kindergarten at our Rockville campus is the capstone of the child’s Montessori journey, the time when everything comes together – the explosion of learning.