Mountaintop Montessori School

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 TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1982
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students200 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Mountaintop Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio17:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
32%
Average Class Size23 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesVaries by student's age and length of day for which student is enrolled.
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,211
Admissions DirectorAustin Robey

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 over 200 children in our:  * 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 Mountaintop 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.

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