Sunset Hills Montessori School

  • At SHMS we are committed to recognizing and cultivating the uniqueness of each individual child.
  • We have a community of educators, and wonderful families, that have chosen SHMS because of a shared vision for early childhood and elementary education.
  • This community, fostered through high teacher retention and involved families, supports each child during this critical time of development in a dynamic Montessori environment.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.American Montessori Society (AMS)
Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1994
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students211 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
65%
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Sunset Hills Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size25 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuitions range between 9,300-12,900 dependent on the program
% on Financial Aid
5%
Admissions DirectorKatherine Talamantes
Admissions AssociateKristie Meixner

School Notes

  • Building on the foundation laid by Maria Montessori, our goals are:
  • To provide a safe, nurturing, academically stimulating environment where exploration and discovery are an everyday experience,
  • To offer a staff that is dedicated to inspiring each student to realize his or her potential,
  • To foster independence of thought, and a tolerance for the ideas, beliefs and cultures of other peoples,
  • To assist in the development of a sense of responsibility and awareness of the individual and the community,
  • To give children a joy of learning that will last a lifetime, and
  • To work in partnership with parents to create a caring school community where the child comes first, education is celebrated, and each student gains the skills and knowledge that will lead to a productive, creative, satisfying life.
  • Sunset Hills Montessori School celebrates its 22nd anniversary this fall.  The school founder, Eileen Minarik, continues to be a strong voice for early childhood and elementary education in the Washington region.  Please contact us for details about our programs and to explore Montessori education for your child. 
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    16.9 miles
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    (703)960-3498
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    (703)880-4350
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    (703)471-2132
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    232
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    Grades: PK-6 | 121 students
    19.1 miles
    8334 Mount Vernon Hwy
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    (703)780-8484
    19.1 PK-6
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The average private school tuition in Virginia is $10,738 for elementary schools and $17,574 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Virginia is 85% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).