Welcome to Greater Montessori School

Hickory Ridge Village Center Campus

Welcome to Greater Montessori School, Hickory Ridge Village Center Campus. We are conveniently located in the Hickory Ridge Village Center and easily accessible from RT 29 (Exit 17), Route 32 near Columbia Mall and Clarksville. We are licensed to serve children ages from 6 weeks to 6 years.

Our school has been dedicated to nurturing the development of the whole child using the Montessori Philosophy. This approach creates a strong foundation for both child and family that will serve them for a lifetime of learning to follow. Our school follows the core principles of Montessori such as Trained and Certified Montessori Teachers, Multi-Age Classrooms, Authentic Montessori Materials, Child Directed Work and Uninterrupted Work Periods.

If you are interested in an authentic Montessori preschool experience for your child, we invite you to contact us to schedule a tour.

Sarwat Saleem

Center Director

Mrs. Sarwat has been a Montessori educator (3-6) since 1998 and brings her heritage and extensive Montessori experience into the classroom every day. Originally an MBA student, she earned her Early Childhood Education from Manchester Metropolitan University U.K. and is a graduate of The Barrie School Institute of Advanced Montessori Studies. She has taught in Asia, Europe, and North America. She joined Greater Montessori in 2019. Ms. Sarwat is also a 200 HR certified Yoga teacher and enjoys teaching Yoga at GMS.

The Montessori method integrates respect for the child's innate desire to learn and offers a holistic approach to a child's development. My role is to work in concert with the child's own inner guide. As a Montessori educator of 22 years, it continues to be such a joy and privilege to assist children as they work to create their own personalities, develop their own abilities, and follow their own interests. Montessori education provides each child with the freedom to become strong, independent lifelong learners and it is an honor to be a part of their journey.

As a Center Director, I believe in team collaboration to practice the best quality Montessori program for our school, staff, children, and community. I invite you to explore our website and read about the many exciting programs offered at Greater Montessori. When you’re ready to take the next step, we welcome you to take a tour, attend an open house, and join our community of learners, educators, and parents.

Mrs. Sarwat can be reached at columbia@greatermontessori.com or (443) 620-4666

Schedule A Tour

Greater Montessori is now enrolling children ages 6 weeks to 13 years.
Plase contact us to schedule virtual tour with us.


Our Programs

Infant Toddler

6 wks to 2 yrs

Your infant has goals – Big Ones! We understand those Big goals and help them achieve that by creating an atmosphere that suits them. We provide an environment to allow them to feel safe and secure

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2 yrs to 3 yrs

Your toddler is ready to explore the world and we are ready to provide them that world. In this safe and caring environment, young children are encouraged to explore and challenge themselves

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3 yrs to 6 yrs

This program has been specifically designed to meet the needs of the curious, exploring and busy young children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, the fun age for kids as well as their parents.

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School Age

6 yrs to 13 yrs

This program is designed to meet the needs of the elementary children with individually paced curriculum that challenges children academically and safeguards their well-being and sense of self.

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9100 Quarterstaff Rd
Columbia MD 21044

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