Sunset Hills Montessori School

11180 Ridge Heights Rd
Reston, VA 20191-0201
Tel: (703)476-7477
Grades: PK-6 | 172 students
At SHMS we are committed to recognizing and cultivating the uniqueness of each individual child.
We have a community of educators, and wonderful families, that have chosen SHMS because of a shared vision for early childhood and elementary education.
This community, fostered through high teacher retention and involved families, supports each child during this critical time of development in a dynamic Montessori environment.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other school association(s)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded 1994

Student Body

Total Students 172 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
Students by Grade Sunset Hills Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 25 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuitions range between 9,300-12,900 dependent on the program
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Katherine Talamantes
Admissions Associate Kristie Meixner

School Notes

  • Building on the foundation laid by Maria Montessori, our goals are:
  • To provide a safe, nurturing, academically stimulating environment where exploration and discovery are an everyday experience,
  • To offer a staff that is dedicated to inspiring each student to realize his or her potential,
  • To foster independence of thought, and a tolerance for the ideas, beliefs and cultures of other peoples,
  • To assist in the development of a sense of responsibility and awareness of the individual and the community,
  • To give children a joy of learning that will last a lifetime, and
  • To work in partnership with parents to create a caring school community where the child comes first, education is celebrated, and each student gains the skills and knowledge that will lead to a productive, creative, satisfying life.
  • Sunset Hills Montessori School celebrates its 22nd anniversary this fall.  The school founder, Eileen Minarik, continues to be a strong voice for early childhood and elementary education in the Washington region.  Please contact us for details about our programs and to explore Montessori education for your child. 

Profile last updated: 06/13/2016

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