Middleburg Montessori School has been serving the families of Middleburg and the surrounding communities in Fauquier, Loudoun, and Clarke Counties for since 1980. No longer a school just for small children, Middleburg Montessori School offers superior education and care to children, age birth through 15 years old. Unique to other Montessori Schools in the area because Middleburg Montessori School has a Spanish Immersion component, is the only school fully recognized by the Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) in Fauquier County, and the only AMI recognized Montessori School to receive a provisional accreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) with full accreditation in the spring of 2018.
As with all Montessori Schools, the curriculum at Middleburg Montessori School is hands-on, child-centered, and inquiry based, meaning that children get to follow their own interests, ask questions, and discover answers through experience and research. The Montessori Method is based upon the science of human development, fostering within the student a strong sense of self, curiosity, and resourcefulness as well as a sense of personal and civic responsibility. All students experience on a daily basis developmentally appropriate rigorous academics, music, art, crafts, movement, and fresh air.
The Young Children’s Classroom (birth through 2 ½ years) promotes exploration, independence, concentration, and self-care such as using the toilet and feeding. With one teacher speaking solely Spanish to the students, the children are naturally immersed in the language. Research has demonstrated that exposure to a second language during the early stages of development increases a child’s future language capacity, as well as enhances their social-emotional development, problem solving and reasoning skills.
The Primary Classroom (2 ½ to 6 years old) allows the child to follow their natural inclination to explore their surroundings and develop independence in similar but slightly differing ways than the Young Children’s Classroom. While students engage in activities such as painting, washing, or polishing (all activities which build concentration and an understanding of process) they are gaining skills in literacy, math, geometry, geography, biology, music, and movement. As in the Young Children’s Classroom, students in the Primary Classroom are exposed to the Spanish Language, organically absorbing vocabulary, songs, and rhymes in the same way as the Young Children do. Self-care and classroom care are also gained in the Primary as children learn to tie their own shoes, put items away and nurture the classroom plants and animals.
The Elementary Curriculum (6 to 12 years) allows for the students to explore ideas and imagine new possibilities. The classroom is managed so that children develop a sense of belonging in a caring and thoughtful community, fostering empathy and responsibility for the school environment as well as the classroom plants and animals. Rules and facts are uncovered and reinforced by the students through logical reasoning. Fostering debate and the emulation of ideas through historical figures that made discoveries, inventions, or led societies allows for students to be interactive with their education. Students work in small groups that encourage social interactions and the sharing of ideas.
Central to the Adolescent Middle School (12 to 15 years) Curriculum is the managing of a micro-economy, which is currently our Hog Farm. The curriculum is built around the care of the animals, from biology, to math, to researching and making presentations. This money goes right back into the student’s education, paying for class trips, supplies, or other endeavors. The experience of raising money, researching, and fulfilling a project based on one’s own interest builds initiative, entrepreneurship, and a sense of self along with a sense belonging within a community. Next year we’ll have bees! Find Middleburg Montessori School pork featured at Field & Main Restaurant and The Whole Ox Butcher Bar.
Middleburg Montessori School is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to nurture independence and a love of learning to a diverse student population. The goal of our mission is to implement the highest of quality education and develop a community based on the Montessori Philosophy while keeping our school affordable and accessible. Over the last few years, Middleburg Montessori has seen tremendous growth and you all are invited to come visit, call 540-687-5210 or visit MiddleburgMontessori.com.