A unique charter school for children ages 3 to 5th grade, Latin American Montessori Bilingual creates a nurturing, empowering environment both for non-native-English speakers (who might elsewhere be penalized for their lack of fluency) and English-dominant ones (who might otherwise not benefit from learning a new language). Regardless of their backgrounds, students graduate from LAMB’s dual immersion program – which goes through 5th grade – fluent in English and Spanish. Under the close guidance of two Montessori teachers per class, students learn by making discoveries on their own and cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of learning. And when a student enrolls in LAMB, the family does too: parents created the library program, started the PTO, help in the classroom, and volunteer at LAMB's two sites (on Missouri Avenue NW and Perry Street NE). LAMB also offers an after-school tutoring program, music and art classes, monthly ceremonies where students can receive “peace ambassador” awards, and an Extended Learning Day Program. LAMB’s Montessori dual language immersion classroom is a child-sized world. Isn't learning a wonder?

Headquarters: DC-Ward 4

Where They Operate: DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11)

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

LAMB’s Honors and Accomplishments include creating the only dual language Montessori public charter school in the D.C. metropolitan area, and one of only a few nationwide and the following: 1) LAMB has been accepted into the Catalog of Philanthropy for 2010 -11 as representative of one of the best small nonprofits in the D.C. area. We were previously in the Catalog for years 2007-2009. 2) LAMB students were invited to an outdoor White House ceremony on the occasion of Mexican President Calderón’s state visit in May of 2010. 3) In January of 2010, LAMB was featured in the Architectural Record for the design of its new addition and renovation of the original building of the historic Military Road School. 4) LAMB hosted First Lady Michelle Obama for a "Cinco de Mayo" celebration in May of 2009; 5) Our school disseminated its outstanding parent engagement practices for parents of children of special needs to other public schools in D. C. through a Charter School Dissemination Grant from OSSE in 2009.

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Budget (FY2013)

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