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Montessori Program

The Montessori program provides an interdisciplinary, discovery-based approach to learning following the tenets of Dr. Maria Montessori. APS celebrates 47 years of Montessori education.

Primary Montessori is a full-day Montessori PreK program for students ages 3 to 5 and is offered at 5 elementary schools.

All 3-year-olds are entered gradually so they can have an opportunity to adjust to the classroom at their own pace.

Learn about Montessori at APS through our annual , and .

In addition to Primary Montessori, APS offers:

  • 9 Lower and 4 Upper Elementary classes at the
  • 4 Middle Years classes at

Were here to help!

  • For assistance with the application, contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or schooloptions@apsva.us
  • For questions about Primary Montessori, contact the Early Childhood Office at 703- 228-8632

Primary Montessori Locations

*Important: All families can apply to the regardless of where they live in 鶹.

If your neighborhood elementary school is: Your Primary Montessori location is:
Abingdon or Oakridge Oakridge
Alice West Fleet, Barcroft, Barrett, Carlin Springs, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Hoffman-Boston, Long Branch, or Randolph Alice West Fleet
鶹 Science Focus, Innovation, Jamestown, Taylor, or Glebe Jamestown
Ashlawn, Cardinal, Discovery, Nottingham, or Tuckahoe Discovery


Montessori Philosophy

To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator. (Maria Montessori)

The Montessori program provides an interdisciplinary, discovery-based approach to learning. The program is based on a philosophy of learning that grows from the belief that children are natural learners, and that learning occurs best in a nurturing, prepared environment that promotes spontaneous cooperative inquiry.

The teaching method that grew from this philosophy fosters a sense of security, self confidence and independence in children, enabling them to develop into people who respect and care for themselves, others, the environment and all life.

Montessori teachers address physical, emotional, social, spiritual, aesthetic, and cognitive needs as they guide their students to develop inner discipline, coordination, concentration, a sense of order, and independence.

  • A multi-age grouping in each classroom provides a family-like setting where learning can take place naturally and cooperatively
  • The Montessori classroom is a working community of children and adults with constant problem solving, child-to-child teaching, and socialization.
  • The Montessori method is based on scientific observation. Much of student assessment is through teacher observations.
  • The Montessori method refers to the interaction of children, Montessori teaching materials, and Montessori teachers.
  • The Montessori philosophy values all kinds of intelligences and styles of learning. Subjects are interwoven, not taught in isolation, and children are free to work and develop at their own pace with materials they have chosen, either alone or with others.
  • Children in a Montessori environment are able to learn in many different ways: individual lessons with the teacher, small group lessons with the teacher, large group lessons with the teacher, a lesson from another child and most importantly from being able to observe other children of various ages working.
  • The aim of the method is to assist children in developing habits of concentration, initiative, persistence, and joy in learning so that they can reach full potential in all areas of life and become life-long learners.
  • The guiding principle is freedom within limits.


Students in the 3-year-old year

  • Pay tuition
  • Two weeks of tuition is charged for the first month of school for new students.
  • Tuition are based on a sliding scale based on the family household income.

Students in the 4-year-old year

  • Pay tuition only if the household income is above $120,560 for the 2023-2024 school year.

Students in the 5-year-old year

  • Do not pay tuition. The 5-year-old year is considered the kindergarten year.




Satelite Locations:

Transportation?is provided for students who are age 4 by Sept 30th who reside in that zoned school area but live outside the?neighborhood schools walk zone.

Primary Montessori:

Transportation is provided to all students enrolled at if they live outside the walk zone.

Learn about transportation.


Toilet Training Guidelines for Primary Montessori

Q.?What does it mean to be toilet trained?

A.? Acceptance into? Primary Montessori is for children who are toilet trained. The Office of Early Childhood understands that being toilet trained is a developmental skill that children reach at different ages.

Primary Montessori does not provide the staffing nor has the facilities to provide toilet training for children unless your child has an Individualized Education Plan, a Section 504 Plan or a Medical Care Plan that indicates specific accommodations for toileting.

A toilet trained child:

  • Wears underwear during the day at school and at home
  • Indicates the need to use the bathroom
  • Uses the bathroom independently
  • Can remove most clothes and put clothes back on as necessary.
    • Toileting accidents are expected as a rare occurrence. A child is not yet considered toilet trained for APS preschool programs if the child has 8 or more toileting accidents the first month of school. Staff will determine whether a child is toilet trained based on the following criteria:
  • Is aware of the need to use the toilet
  • Is able to independently remove clothing in advance of using the toilet

Toilet Training Resources for Families