Q: What ages do you accept?
A: We accept children ranging from 2-6 years old.
Q: Do you offer 2 or 3 days a week programs?
A: No. While we do offer several program options, all of our programs are 5 days a week and vary depending on the hours you need.
Q: Does my child have to be potty trained?
A: Not at the toddler level. Simply send in diapers and wipes with your child. When they are well on their way to being independent at home, we will happily work with their training here as well. However, if your child is three or older, they must be fully potty trained in order to enter our Primary Program.
Q: Do you take the children on field trips?
A: The only children who leave the property are the kindergarteners. Otherwise, we bring the fun and excitement to school throughout the year. We have hay rides at Halloween, puppet shows, musicians, magicians, animals from the Catoctin Zoo, etc. All activities are in the morning so all of the children get to participate.
Q: Are your hours flexible?
A: Yes! The written program hours are there as a guideline. If you need to come early or stay later you can do so at any time. We bill you by the hour for any additional time you use.
Q: Do I have to pay all of the tuition up front?
A: You may certainly pay the full tuition up front if you choose or you may pay on a monthly basis.
Q: Do you offer a kindergarten program?
A: Yes, our Big-K program is fully accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education.
Q: Does your Montessori program run year long?
A: No, our Montessori program follows the Montgomery County School calendar. For parents who are seeking a yearlong schedule, we offer a wonderful summer camp program.
Q: Do I have to bring my child in or will you take him from my car?
A: We have carpool drop-off from 8:45am-9:00am and carpool pick-up from 12:15pm-12:30pm. All other times you will need to escort your child to and from the classroom.
Q: What are your hours of operation?
A: Norbeck Montessori is open 7am-6pm, Monday through Friday.
Q: When are you closed throughout the year?
A: We are closed for all federal holidays, a few predetermined special activities throughout the year, and for the week prior to the fall semester.
Q: Do you provide snacks?
A: Parents are requested to contribute the morning snack for their child's class for two separate weeks during the school year. We provide afternoon snack to those students who are enrolled in full-day programs.
Q: What if my child still takes naps?
A: Although we do not require naps, for those children who still need naps we offer an afternoon naptime.
Q: What if my child has allergies?
A: This is not an issue, we address each child's needs on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Are you affiliated with a religious group or organization?
A: No. While we are co-located with a church, we are not affiliated with any religious group or organization.
Q: Are you accredited?
A: Yes, we are accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education and licensed by the Maryland Office of Child Care.
Q: Who can pick up my child?
A: Only those people for whom you provide written or verbal authorization. We will not allow your child to leave the property without your prior authorization and we ALWAYS verify identification of these individuals.
Q: What is your inclement weather policy?
A: For closures, we follow Montgomery County Public Schools. For delays, please see our Snow and Delayed Opening Policy.
Q: Do you provide lunch?
A: No. However, we do offer hot lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for a nominal fee.
Q: I have multiple children, will they be in the same class?
A: Typically we try to separate siblings, however we will evaluate your individual needs and address them accordingly.
Q: Can my child start a program mid-academic year?
A: Yes. Your child may start anytime throughout the year as long as long as there is an opening available.
Q: What type of payment methods are accepted?
A: Cash, check or money order. No credit cards please.