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.

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Mountaintop Montessori School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1982
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
234 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Mountaintop Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
32%
Average Class Size
23 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / 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
Austin 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; two spacious old homes and a cottage that are home to classrooms; a commercial-grade instructional kitchen; a student-run school store; and playgrounds and athletic fields. The school was established in 1982 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 7-8) Families come to Mountaintop from Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Louisa, Nelson and Green Counties for the nurturing Montessori environment we provide. Mountaintop 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.
Profile last updated: 07/22/2021

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