Free State absolutely shaped my relationship to school and learning in ways I will always be grateful for. Going to public school was an adjustment, for sure! I'm so glad I had the chance to grow up in an environment like FSM first.
Here I am 20 years later, still learning just for the fun of it. I never could bring myself to leave school, and now I don't have to! I'll get to have a career teaching literature, doing research, and traveling. What more could I want?
Jessie Reeder, Alumna
As an FSMS parent for over ten years, I can tell you the impact Free State Montessori has had not only on my two children but our whole family has been immeasurable. Both of my children started at Free State in the Saturday Toddler program. As we witnessed in those early years how special the Montessori method was, we chose to make the commitment to continue our children's education here.
Chrissy Wolf, Parent
I really loved Free State when I was there and as they years have gone by I've appreciated the education I received at FSMS more and more. Free State made learning fun, and I've continued to find learning exciting. Free State gave me the freedom to explore different modes of knowledge and methods of learning; I learned to think outside the box and have benefited all the more from this freedom..
In 2008, I graduated from St. Timothy's School in Maryland with an International Baccalaureate diploma; I went onto the University of Colorado at Boulder where I graduated with cum laude honors from the Anthropology department. I am ...applying to graduate school in Germany.
Sarah Bogart, Alumna 1993-2001
After participating in the Parent-Toddler program, and learning more about the Montessori philosophy, we felt confident that our son would thrive in the Free State environment.We felt a welcomed part of the community from the beginning; that our feedback mattered. Administrators & staff have the perfect blend of passion for what they do and the patience to guide the children lovingly & earnestly toward evolving into their best selves. I can’t say enough good things about Free State Montessori School!
Kelli & Jonathan Anders, Parents
Our school teaches our children that the world is meant to be examined; that every question is meant to be asked; and that every answer has a purpose – even if it isn’t the “right” answer."
Liddy Hepner, Alumna 1994-2002
I loved Free State. Pretty much everything about it. I loved the type of people it attracted, the teaching style, our meal system, the teachers - everything. I just graduated from Virginia Tech with honors (summa cum laude!) this past spring. I have a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Animal and Poultry Sciences. Currently, I'm studying at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. I've also recently (this semester) picked up a Masters in Public Health which I'm doing concurrently with my DVM.
Amy King, Parent
We are the French family, Amber and Audrey attended the Free State Montessori school for six years. They are in high school now and looking back, the time we spent at this school were the most rewarding and enriching time of our lives. The staff are the most dedicated people who teach with love. This unique education instills in its students a love of learning, a natural curiosity and an environment that nurtures the individual. The lessons offered here are not able to be measured or matched in any other school
Diane Steigan, Parent
The FSMS Community has been a part of our lives for the past 7 years. The teachers and staff fostered a love for learning and a genuine interest in the world for both of our children. They go out of their way to recognize each student as an individual, embracing their strengths and working on those things, academic or not, that are challenging for each child. We look forward to each and every school year!
The Sand Family
From the moment we walked through the doors of Free State Montessori school, we were struck by the bright, open, friendly atmosphere of both the building and the staff. We have been parents at the school for 3+ years and have been awed by the dedication, support, and love our daughters have received. Now that I, Gina, am a member of the faculty, I can also see the creativity, commitment, and professionalism that the faculty bring to their jobs. It is truly a special place to be.
Gina Strauss, Teacher
Our daughter, Logan started at FSMS when she was four years old. We are delighted to share that she will be returning in the fall and starting the 4th grade! We have been so pleased with her progress over the years and we look forward to many new and exciting challenges for Logan. Many thanks to the entire staff for their love of teaching and making this school a wonderful place to learn and have fun.
Wendy & Rick Fabrizio, Parents
As an FSMS parent for over ten years, I can tell you the impact Free State Montessori has had not only on my two children but our whole family has been immeasurable. Both of my children started at Free State in the Saturday Toddler program. As we witnessed in those early years how special the Montessori method was, we chose to make the commitment to continue our children's education here. I credit their Montessori experience and the efforts of all the selfless and dedicated Free State faculty my children have been so fortunate to work with. Montessori is a school that not only develops a child to their maximum academic potential but raises children with character and true leadership skills.
Chrissy Wolf, Parent
Looking back, one of the most unique aspects of Free State has been the development of its own unique community, one that is caring, supportive, and non-judgmental of others for any of the typical prejudices. It is a community where respect is gained through the quality of one's character, where the most unlikely of people become friends, and where, almost miraculously, a love and true quest for learning is refined. This is what Free State has offered me. This small, almost sheltered community has taught me the basic principles of right and wrong, the importance of fairness and trust, and the tools needed to not only face a "real school". but the tools needed to succeed. Since entering the public school system, I have faced many personal challenges, in re-evaluating my beliefs on the basic goodness of people, the extent of human suffering, and the not only importance, but necessity of trust, unconditional love, and friendship. yet throughout the obstacles and tests life has presented me, the things I have learned from Free State allowed me to grow from my experiences into a better and wiser person.
Kara A. Clissold, Alumna 1992-1998