The Julia Brown School

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Basic Information

Address: 9760 Owen Brown Road, Columbia, MD 21045 9450 Madison Avenue, Laurel, MD 20723 1300 Milestone Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904 3400 Queen Mary Drive, Olney, MD 20832
County: Howard and Montgomery
Phone Number: 410-730-5056, 301-498-0604, 301-622-7808, 301-774-5700
Fax Number: 301-498-0618

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Additional Information

School Type: Private
Founded: 1967
Ages/Grades: 18 mos - 3rd grade
School Setting:

Our 4 campuses are close to major commuting roads, but in residential, park like settings.


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Financial Aid:

N/A Sibling discounts and military discount


Montessori curriculum

Camp Programs: Yes
Summer School: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Coding programs for Primary and Elementary students.

School Championships:


School Clubs:


Parking Spaces/Availability:

Each school has a parking lot and a drop off area.

Uniform Guidelines:

Uniforms are required during the school year. Children wear a navy blue polo shirt with our school logo and khaki colored bottoms. We ask that children wear rubber-soled, closed toed shoes to ensure playground safety.
Uniforms are not required during the Summer Camp.

Admissions Requirements:

Tours are scheduled daily with the school Administrator. We have a rolling admissions process.

To enroll your child, both parents/guardians must complete and sign the Application and our Tuition & Policy Agreement. Once completed, submit both with the non-refundable yearly registration fee.

Mission Statement:

The goal of The Julia Brown Schools is to provide a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for children ages 18 months through age 9 (Toddler-Third Grade). Our goal for a safe environment is met by our attention to detail in the buildings and grounds, which we built and continue to maintain; as well as ensuring the proper training of our staff. A strict adherence to the Montessori philosophy provides a developmentally appropriate environment in which the children thrive. Our classrooms include a full set of Montessori materials. Each Director/Directress meets MSDE standards and has additional training provided by Julia Brown and Theresa Leonhart. We encourage the children to be independent, responsible, and able to solve problems both academically and socially.

The Julia Brown Schools are strictly non-denominational and believe in the total development of the child. Additionally, in order to provide a safe environment for all of our students, we are a NUT-FREE school.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Montessori philosophy is based on a child's need for freedom within limits, and the concept of a prepared environment using the specially designed Montessori instructional materials. These stimulate a child's natural curiosity and desire to learn. Montessori education centers on a child's most sensitive learning period: 18 months to 9 years - during which time they absorb and learn from their environment at a very rapid rate.
Julia Brown believes very strongly in the Montessori Method as Maria Montessori originally developed it. As such, The Julia Brown Schools are pure and traditional Montessori schools. Through balanced classes with mixed ages and individual attention, our Montessori environment fosters your child's desire for learning and aids in his or her growth.
We work with nature in helping children meet their developmental needs. Our program accepts the endless energies, the creative impulses, and the insatiable curiosities of children and gradually directs their efforts into rewarding channels.

The objectives for each student in The Julia Brown School program are as follows:

• To develop an independent learning attitude and habits composed of initiative, persistence and a sense of order.
• To learn the basic foundations for reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, geography, physical
movement and exposure to the arts (music, drawing, creative movement).
• To sharpen their ability to perceive, observe and judge the world around them accurately.
• To develop acceptable social patterns for group activities.
• To develop the physical body through healthy meals, through work and play in the classroom and on the

These objectives are accomplished through a combination of the following components:

• Providing a physical environment and Montessori instructional materials designed specifically for young children to
progress naturally from simple ideas to the complex. Concepts are presented first in concrete form and after, at the
appropriate age of development, in the abstract.
• Using self-pacing, self-motivation and a Director/Directress to encourage each child to reach his/her maximum
potential, independent of age.
• Having a well-equipped play area.
• Having year-round, regular intervals of outdoor play.
• Providing guidelines to parents for preparing healthy lunches for their children
• Providing healthy snacks that emphasize nutrient-rich foods.

School History:

Our school was founded in 1967 by Julia and Charles Brown and was one of the first Montessori schools to be accredited by the Maryland State Board of Education. The school started with one classroom in an apartment on Main Street in Laurel, Maryland. Within two years, classes doubled in size and another apartment was rented. In the late 1960’s, Mr. and Mrs. Brown purchased land to build their own “children’s house.” Their first school opened in 1970 on Madison Avenue in Laurel. In response to the growing need and interest, a full day program was added in 1972. Our Junior program was also started that same year. In 1974, our second school opened in Columbia. Property for the third school was acquired and the Silver Spring location was completed in 1986 and expanded in 1993. Our fourth school, located in Olney, was completed in September 1997. In 2015, we changed our name from The Julia Brown Montessori Schools to The Julia Brown Schools.

We have always endeavored to hire and retain the best staff, to offer an excellent education and to offer an excellent full day (before/aftercare) program. Each of our staff members is dedicated to the education and well-being of our students. All staff are under the guidance of our Founder, Julia Brown; our Director, Theresa Brown Leonhart; and our General Manager, Ellen Brown Komesarook.

Ms. Brown holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and was trained in the Montessori Method by two women from London, England. These women were trained directly by Maria Montessori. Ms. Leonhart joined JBS in 1982. She is one of the few Montessorians licensed to teach infants through 12 years of age. Ms. Komesarook joined JBS in 1991 after a career in international banking. As General Manager, Ms. Komesarook is responsible for the day to day running of the schools. She received her Montessori certificate in 1999.

Notes/School Information:

JBS observes a 10 month school year, September through June. Full day students are enrolled in a 12 month program, which includes ten months of Montessori and two months of our summer program. Students who only attend Montessori classes are enrolled in a 10 month program, but are welcome to attend our summer program by request. All full day students are expected to attend the summer program.