Montessori Program

A Montessori student explores color.

Montessori Information Night 2019
February 6, 2019
Drew Model School
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Parents will have the opportunity to learn about the primary and elementary Montessori programs, tour classrooms,  how to apply and where to get the application form for the primary programs. Childcare will be available for children ages 3 & up.

Arlington Public Schools (APS) celebrates 47 years of Montessori education. APS currently has 18 Montessori primary classrooms in six elementary schools. In addition, Drew Model offers nine lower elementary and four upper elementary classes. Gunston offers four Montessori classrooms for middle school students.

Montessori education, based on the work of Maria Montessori, is an interdisciplinary, multi-age approach to learning. Students work independently and cooperatively in a prepared environment which allows students to work at their own pace. Montessori teaching materials are designed to promote habits of concentration, initiative, persistence, and discovery, while the Montessori philosophy and community emphasizes respect for others, peace, and creativity.

For additional information regarding the Montessori program, visit the following links:

Take a glimpse into typical Montessori classrooms Primary thru Middle Years: Montessori Revealed
Check out this video created by one of our Montessori teachers, Mrs. Noemi Carmack:

To apply to the Montessori program, you must bring the following documents:

  1. A completed Montessori application – provided at Syphax!
  2. Original birth certificate
  3. Identification card of either parents

Applications are accepted at the APS Welcome Center 2110 Washington Blvd. Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22204 Hours: 8:00-4:30 p.m. M-F*Special Evening hours during the application window every Thursday until 8:00 p.m. You can reach the Welcome Center by phone at 703-228-8000. The Syphax Education Center is located next to DHS off ART bus routes 45 & 42,“Sequoia DHS/2nd St” stop. All students in the 3 year old year pay a fee for the program. Fees are based on a sliding scale based on the family household income. Students in the 4 year old year whose household income is below $88,240 a year, do not pay a fee for that year. The 5 year old year is considered the kindergarten year. There is no fee for the kindergarten year 2017-2018.

Montessori Fee Schedule: Montessori Fee 2018-2019

Primary Montessori Application Timeline

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Montessori Clusters

If your Neighborhood school zone is: Your application goes into the lottery for the  following Primary Montessori Program Locations
Abingdon Hoffman-Boston
ASF Discovery/Jamestown
Ashlawn Barrett/Jamestown/Discovery
Barcroft Barrett/Hoffman-Boston/Carlin Springs
Barrett Barrett/Carlin Springs
Carlin Springs Carlin Springs/Hoffman-Boston
Discovery Discovery
Drew Hoffman-Boston
Glebe Discovery/Jamestown
Henry Hoffman-Boston/Barrett/Carlin Springs
Hoffman-Boston Hoffman-Boston
Jamestown Jamestown
Long Branch Jamestown/Hoffman-Boston
McKinley Discovery/Jamestown
Nottingham Jamestown/Discovery
Oakridge Hoffman-Boston
Randolph Hoffman-Boston
Taylor Discovery/Jamestown
Tuckahoe Discovery/Jamestown