Home » About Old Town MontessoriThe Old Town Montessori is an established school of 28 years located in a historic neighborhood of Old Town Alexandria, VA. The building is a charming and perfectly restored townhouse, with a generous yard with play equipment. It is a short 15-minute drive away from our larger Mt. Vernon campus, “The Aquinas”.
The Old Town Montessori school is “Recognized” by AMI (Association Montessori Internationale). The Old Town Montessori is a non-sectarian school and we admit all children regardless of race, creed, color or origin.
Ages 3 to 6
There are two primary classes at Old Town Montessori School. Children in each primary class range in age from 3 to 6 years. The primary curriculum is a fully comprehensive three year program where the child learns to compare, classify and clarify the world around them. Materials and curriculum center around Practical Life, Sensorial Explorations, Language, Math, Geography, History, Biology, Science, Art, and Music.
Arrivals and Dismissals
Morning arrival begins at 8:30 AM. Children in the half-day class are dismissed at noon. Children in the full-day classes (5&6 year olds) remain for lunch and an afternoon session until 3:00 PM. Before-school care is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and After-school care is available until 6:00 PM for children of all ages.
Our principal Montessori teachers hold an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diploma in addition to their undergraduate or graduate degrees, and have completed a year of studies enabling them to understand the needs of children of this age, and to present effectively the programmed, self-correcting materials which Montessori designed.
A language teacher presents Spanish or French to our full-day children (5&6 year olds) who are in the sensitive period for developing language skills.
The campus is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM.
School morning arrival begins at 8:30 AM. Children in the half-day class are dismissed at noon. Children in the full-day classes (5&6 year olds) remain for lunch and an afternoon session until 3:00 PM.
BeforeCare is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and AfterCare is available until 6:00 PM for children of all ages.
For information about closings and delays please visit our Closings and Delays page.
The school year is from September to June, following, in general, the calendar for Fairfax County Public Schools.
The Montessori Summer Camp will be operating on the Aquinas grounds starting summer 2015 and all Old Town Montessori children are invited to join. A typical day for a 3 to 6 year old includes experience in a Montessori classroom, where the child manipulates a great variety of developmental materials. There are nature and art activities, stories, songs, and games. Swimming instruction is provided daily by a certified instructor. The Aquinas heated pool ranges in depth from two and a half to five feet. This non-threatening size offers beginning and novice swimmers an opportunity for great success in a safe environment. Even the youngest swimmers feel comfortable in the shallow end and make remarkable progress in just a few weeks.