Staunton Montessori School

Staunton Montessori School respects the mind, imagination, and spirit of each student.
Grounded in the philosophy of Maria Montessori, we create an environment where children are empowered to fulfill their academic, personal and social potential.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association Montessori International (AMI)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-9
Year Founded1980
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$150
Summer Program Cost Notes$95-$175 a week for 3-5 year olds $150-$215 a week for elementary Aftercare

Student Body

Total Students126 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Staunton Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size25 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineApr. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$5,010
Tuition Notes K $6621 Elementary $7797 Adolescent $8702
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKelley Flanders


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.After School Art, Glee Club

School Notes

  • Staunton Montessori's ProgramsPrimary
  • The goals for our Primary students are fundamental: to acquire confidence in themselves and an independence of thought and action. These three- to six-year-olds work alone or in small groups, receiving lessons from the teacher and each other. Staunton Montessori School has two primary classrooms. Children who are 3 and toilet trained are accepted into the primary program. The primary day begins at 8:15 a.m. The primary children in the preschool program dismiss at 11:45 a.m. each day and the afternoon children in the extended day program remain until 2:45 p.m.
  • Elementary
  • Students in the Elementary program continue their growth toward independence, responsibility, and becoming contributing members of society. There are two elementary classrooms at SMS: Traditional grades 1-3 (ages 6-9) and grades 4-6 (ages 9-12). The students in each class work alone or in small groups as they receive lessons from the teacher. Much of the work in the first three years uses manipulative materials, where in the second three-year cycle the students produce more concrete work in the form of papers and projects. The teacher guides the students to explore all areas of the classroom including language, math, geometry, botany, geography, history, music and physical education. One afternoon a week our Elementary students have specials which expand the curriculum. The day begins at 8:15 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m.
  • Adolescent
  • The Adolescent program serves students in grades 7-9 (ages 12-15) following the recommendations of Dr. Maria Montessori by providing a hands-on, project-based learning experience embedded in the rural communities of central Virginia. The adolescent day starts at 8:15 a.m. and dismisses at 3:00 p.m. with local farm and adventure trips planned throughout the academic year.
  • Aftercare
  • SMS offers an Aftercare program each day for our students during the school year with flexible pick-up times. Additional spaces, and three and five-day fee schedules allow for more flexibility. Morning students who stay for aftercare enjoy lunchtime, a rest period, organized activities, and a snack period. Elementary aftercare is also available from 3-6 p.m., with a snack period included.
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  • Verona
    Grades: NS-5 | 310 students
    7.6 miles
    74 Quicks Mill Rd
    Verona, VA 24482
    (540) 248-2404
    7.6 NS-5
  • Staunton
    Grades: NS-12 | 312 students
    6.6 miles
    235 W Frederick St
    Staunton, VA 24401
    (540) 885-0356
    6.6 NS-12
  • Waynesboro
    Grades: 7-12 | 170 students
    4.8 miles
    255 South Wayne Avenue
    Waynesboro, VA 22980
    (540) 946-7700
    4.8 7-12

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