The Montessori School of McLean is a fully accredited school that is dedicated to the principles of the Montessori Method. As Dr. Montessori found that children learn better in multi-age groupings, all classrooms have students of mixed ages: Pre-Primary (toddler) (24-36 months); Primary (age 3-6); Lower Elementary (age 6-9); and Upper Elementary (age 9-12). MSM has two Pre-Primary (toddler) classes; five Primary classes, two Lower Elementary classes, and one Upper Elementary class. The Montessori Method is concerned with the development of the whole child, and allows children to develop at their own pace, and discover their innate love of learning.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 231 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Dec. 1

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
We have a Learning Specialist on staff
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
231 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Montessori School Of Mclean Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
25 students

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31 / Dec. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Toddler half day $16000 Primary half day $14000 Primary full day $17000 Elementary $19000Elementary $15,390
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Leslie Montague


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
12 extracurriculars
Science, Soccer, Yoga, Young Actors Workshop

Club or Organization:
Art Club, Book Club, Chess Club, MakerSpace, Robotics Club, Tennis

Arts and Music Programs:
Chess Class, Dance Classes

School Notes

  • Sensing the need for Montessori elementary education in the McLean area during the early 1970's, Joan Marie Parasine, former headmistress, started a class for elementary students based on the curriculum developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Soon thereafter, the close of a nearby Montessori preschool necessitated adding a preschool class to the program. In 1973, the Montessori School of McLean opened with one preschool and one elementary class. Since that time, one toddler and four more preschool classes have been added and the elementary class has been expanded to include the upper elementary level in addition to the lower elementary classes (first through sixth grade.) Cultural enrichment classes were added to the program throughout the years and now include Art, Spanish or French, Music, Drama, Science Lab, Technology Lab, and Physical Education.  The cultural program changes from time to time and some programs are limited to the elementary level. In 1998, a grand celebration was held to commemorate our 25th year. Now, after 44 wonderful years, the facilities have expanded to include a multi-purpose room (gymnasium, stage, gathering space), science and computer lab, and expanded classroom sizes.

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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 231 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31 / Dec. 1

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