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.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 211 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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

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Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1994
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
211 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
65%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Sunset Hills Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
17 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size
25 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuitions range between 9,300-12,900 dependent on the program
% on Financial Aid
5%
Admissions Director
Katherine Talamantes
Admissions Associate
Kristie 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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 211 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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