Mountaintop Montessori

440 Pinnacle Place,
Charlottesville, VA, 22911-0229
Tel: (434)979-8886
Inspiring and guiding our students to become global citizens through critical thinking, mindful action and joyful responsibility towards their educations, others and the earth. Mountaintop is one of only two schools in Virginia to be fully accredited by both the American Montessori Society and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarians
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 9
Year Founded 1982

Student Body

Total Students 206 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 11%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Mountaintop Montessori Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 32%
Average Class Size 23 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Dec. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes Varies by student's age and length of day for which student is enrolled.
% on Financial Aid 35%
Average Financial Aid Grant $3,211
Admissions Director Wendy Fisher
Admissions Associate Leigh Ann Carver

School Notes:

  • Mountaintop owns nearly 10 acres on Pantops Mountain. The facilities include: classrooms with adjacent gardens and areas for outdoor learning; a greenhouse; a multi-purpose building that includes a gym, an art gallery and an art studio; two spacious old homes and a cottage that are home to classrooms, kitchens for classroom use and offices; a student-run school store; and playgrounds and athletic fields. The school was established in 1981 by a group of parents interested in offering the Montessori method as an alternative educational model for their children. Mountaintop Ecology curriculum includes certification as a wildlife sanctuary with the National Wildlife Foundation and Audubon International. Mountaintop serves just over 200 children in our: * Montessori Mornings (6-24 months with an adult), * Toddler Community (18 months- 3 years), * Children's House (PreK and K), * Elementary (grades 1-3 and 4-6) and * Middle School (grades 7-9) Families come to Mountaitnop from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Green Counties for the nurturing Montessori environment we provide. Our local community service partners are Westminster Canterbury, Meals on Wheels, Ivy Creek Natural Area, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. MCS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees who are parents of alumni and current students and members of the local education, business and professional community.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Virginia Institute Of Autism (4.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Charlottesville Day School (3.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Charlottesville Waldorf School (3.5 miles away)
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    3.3  mi  |  145  students  |  Gr.  K-7
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    (434)973-4946
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