Explorers for Life


Our students grow into independent, confident, socially aware learners ready to make a difference in the world. It all starts here on our nature-filled 22-acre campus. Where school doesn't feel like school.

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High School Program Now Open
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An accredited private Montessori School serving Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School students near Gaithersburg, Maryland

A special place where academic preparation and social-emotional learning join together to create a healthy, holistic educational experience for students ages 6 weeks to 15 yrs.


Ages 6 weeks – 18 months


Ages 1.5–3


Ages 3–6


Ages 6–12


Ages 12–15


"I've always been so grateful for the time I spent at Butler Montessori because it allowed me to develop into the person that I am today. Every day I was surrounded by classmates and teachers that challenged me and encouraged me to learn something new and become a leader."

Sahara Shrestha



Butler Montessori students are...

Children working with materials on the floor

Passionate Learners

Every child is encouraged to follow their interests, ask questions and seek answers, and develop a passion for exploration and discovery.

During their time here, students build the foundation for lifelong learning.

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Children exploring in the creek

Environmental Explorers

As a certified Maryland Green School, our 22-acre campus provides the perfect outdoor classroom for students. From building forts in the forest to hiking through creeks, students love the sense of adventure and discovery that is a part of their day. That's why every student practices sustainability, supporting our campus and earth.

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Middle School children giving a presentation to adults

Independent & Socially Aware Young Adults

It's more than school. It's a community and a home. It's a safe space to learn and grow during the adolescent years. It's where school doesn't feel like school and every day is different. The lessons learned here build the foundation for life beyond school.

Meet Our Graduates


"Through my kids’ Butler boots, I have learned how to be a better parent and have gained a support system like none other. And while my kids’ Butler boots have prepared them to go bravely into the world, they have led me back again and again to Butler, where I will continue to support this incredible program and very special place."

Melinda Pierce

Alumni Parent


Butler Camp & Equestrian Programs

Our 22-acre campus backing to Seneca Creek State Park is the perfect backdrop for our very popular summer adventure camp and year-round equestrian program.

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Learn More in our Blog

The Five Great Stories

Jan 22, 2022

Compassion in the Upper Elementary

Sep 22, 2021

Compassion in Music & Performing Arts

Sep 21, 2021

Ancient Civilizations and the Second Plane Child

Apr 22, 2021


Can you imagine your child here?

Interested in learning more about our school? Visit our beautiful 22-acre campus for a personalized tour of our award-winning green school programs, organic student-run farm, and our experiential academic learning environments.


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