Home » About AquinasThe Aquinas Montessori is an established private school of nearly 50 years. The campus is located in a suburban setting near Mount Vernon, VA on a large parcel of land where children play and garden. The school has fully equipped Montessori classrooms, a library, a playground, a small soccer field, a garden and a heated swimming pool which children enjoy from mid-April till mid-October as weather allows. Swimming lessons are offered on regular basis.
The Aquinas Montessori school is AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) “Associated” for ages 3 – 6+ and “Recognized” for ages 6 – 12.
The Aquinas Montessori is a non-sectarian school and we admit all children regardless of race, creed, color or origin.
Ages 3 to 6
There are three primary classes for children from 3 to 6 at The Aquinas Montessori School. The primary curriculum is a fully comprehensive three year program where the child learns to compare, classify and clarify the world around them. Materials and curriculum center around Practical Life, Sensorial Explorations, Language, Math, Geography, History, Biology, Science, Art, Music, Drama, and Dance.
Ages 6 to 9 and 9 to 12
The elementary level consists of three classes which continue the development of the child, two classes for children ages 6 to 9 (Lower Elementary level), and one class for children ages 9 to 12 (Upper Elementary level). The curriculums at these levels are expanded as widely as possible to enkindle interest in every area of Culture, Mathematics, Geometry, Language, History, Geography, Botany, Zoology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Art, Music, Crafts, Drama, and Physical Education.
The work at each age group represents a continuous program so the parents should be committed to allowing their children to complete each three-year cycle.
Arrivals and Dismissals
Morning arrival begins at 8:30 AM. Children in the half-day primary class are dismissed at noon. Children in the full-day primary and elementary classes remain for lunch and an afternoon session until 3:00 PM. Before-school care is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and After-school care is available until 6:00 PM for children of all ages.
Our principal Montessori teachers hold an AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) diploma in addition to their undergraduate or graduate degrees, and have completed a year of studies enabling them to understand the needs of children of this age, and to present effectively the programmed, self-correcting materials which Montessori designed.
A language teacher presents Spanish to the primary children who are in the sensitive period for developing language skills. The elementary children with this background learn to converse, read, and write in Spanish. Latin is introduced during the third year in the lower elementary class and continues through the upper elementary level.
The campus is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 AM until 6:00 PM.
School morning arrival begins at 8:30 AM. Children in the half-day primary class are dismissed at noon. Children in the full-day primary class and elementary classes remain for lunch and an afternoon session until 3:00 PM.
BeforeCare is available from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and AfterCare is available until 6:00 PM for children of all ages.
For information about closings and delays please visit our Closings and Delays page.
The school year is from September to June, following, in general, the calendar for Fairfax County Public Schools.
Heated swimming pool
Our heated swimming pool is open from mid-April till mid-October, as weather allows.
The Montessori Summer Day Camp will be operating on our grounds starting summer 2015. The Art Camp is run by Hedy Lane, a teacher and a former Aquinas student, in August.
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