Aquinas Montessori School

8334 Mount Vernon Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22309-0223
Tel: (703)780-8484
Grades: PK-6 | 128 students
Aquinas Montessori is an established private school of 52 years. The campus is located in a suburban setting near Mount Vernon, VA on a large parcel of land where children play and garden.
The school has fully equipped Montessori classrooms, a library, a playground, a small soccer field, a garden and a heated swimming pool which children enjoy from mid-April till mid-October as weather allows.
Swimming lessons are offered on regular basis. Aquinas Montessori school is AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) "Associated" for ages 3 to 6+ and "Recognized" for ages 6 to 12.
We are committed to providing an environment where children learn freedom and responsibility, choice and structure, creativity and discipline, and the skills necessary to combine individual interests with group cooperation.
Aquinas Montessori is a non-sectarian school and we admit all children regardless of race, creed, color or origin.
Ages 3 to 6: There are three primary classes for children from 3 to 6 at the Aquinas Montessori School.
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, Music, Drama, and Dance.
Ages 6 to 9 and 9 to 12: The elementary level consists of three classes which continue the development of the child, two classes for children ages 6 to 9 (Lower Elementary level), and one class for children ages 9 to 12 (Upper Elementary level).
The curriculums at these levels are expanded as widely as possible to enkindle interest in every area of Culture, Mathematics, Geometry, Language, Latin, History, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Music, Crafts, Drama, and Physical Education.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Association Montessori International (AMI)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-6

Student Body

Total Students 128 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Aquinas Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 12:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • At the Aquinas Montessori School children find learning is a lifelong process, a journey of discovery, rather than a matter of completing assignments.They begin to realize that they love to learn.While the primary aged child, from age three to six may ask the adult, "Help me do it myself" the elementary child asks, "Help me think of it myself" each child's individual needs are addressed.With a directress trained for children age six to twelve, children progress at their own level.Those who are academically gifted can soar while those who need more repetition have access to many avenues of mastering a skill. Children's different learning styles are nurtured.Kinesthetic, auditory and visual methods are easily integrated into the presentation of the curriculum.Abstract concepts become clearly understood with the help of ingenious pieces of manipulative equipment.
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School Reviews

Having had children enrolled in Aquinas for 4 years now, our opinion is that the school provides a safe environment and reasonable opportunities for children with mediocre ability. I would recommend other options for gifted children, but for an average child, it is an okay choice.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/15
The teachers at Aquinas all have Bachelors, Masters of Education and AMI degrees. Most of them have had other work experiences that add to the richness of the classrooms. The Arts are a large part of the class curriculum; there is a musical produced every year as well as several concerts. The PE program follows the Presidential Physical Education Program. Yoga, piano and cello are offered after school. It was a very well rounded experience for my family. However, the high caliber of academics throughout the school was what attracted us and we were not disappointed.
- Posted by Parent, 02/17/13

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