Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-9
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,750
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Apr. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

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

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-9
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
$115-$225 a week for 3-5 year olds $150-$215 a week for elementary Aftercare

Student Body

Total Students
118 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Staunton Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Apr. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
K $7350 Elementary $8550 Adolescent $9450
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Debra Dance Schmid


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
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.
Profile last updated: 09/08/2021

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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-9
  • Students: 118 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $5,750
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Apr. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $12,763 for elementary schools and $16,573 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Virginia is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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