In 1970, a group of interested citizens felt the need to have a Montessori School within the Alexandria city limits. In September of the same year, the Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc (MSA) was established as a nonprofit, nonsectarian, private school run by a small Board of Directors. The doors of the school were opened with two primary classes in the rented facilities of a church. In January of 1971, a third primary class was established. By then, the need to provide continuity by opening an elementary class was also foreseen.
Believing that all children should have the opportunity to have a Montessori education, MSA was the first Montessori school to offer an extended day care program, making the school available to children of two-career families and single parents who were able to look at MSA as a second “home away from home” for their children.
In 1986, MSA moved to its current location at 6300 Florence Lane and, in 1988, the school was expanded with an addition of three classrooms and a modern kitchen.
Thanks to the faith and trust parents have put into the school, and the tenacity and determination of the founders, MSA celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2010.
The purpose of MSA is to provide an early education program in which the foundation for a lifetime of creative learning is developed effectively and efficiently in the child.
More specifically, MSA strives to develop within the school a learning environment which surrounds the child with maximum motivation and opportunities to learn and achieve in directions consistent with his or her individual level of maturation.
The Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc. follows the teaching of Dr. Maria Montessori. Maria Montessori was a pioneer in education and in child psychology.
Education is an aid to life. Maria Montessori created an environment where the natural love of learning is cultivated. The environment is scientifically designed to fulfill the basic needs of the child according to their sensitive periods. The child is supported in his own process of self construction by adults who care and who have received special training to enable them to observe, guide, and direct their students in this natural process of growth and development.
A hallmark of Montessori education is the mixed age classroom. Children ages three to six and six to twelve work together. Children of different ages help one another. As they grow in the classroom they become leaders through communication and harmony. All activities are designed to entice and delight the children with the ultimate purpose of acquiring greater knowledge.
The Montessori way is the only method embraced by UNESCO. The Montessori way of learning is the only pedagogical method applied all over the world, making it the most consistent system as well as reliable method of learning.
The Montessori School of Alexandria, Inc. is affiliated with the American Montessori Association and licensed by the Department of Social Services of the State of Virginia. The facility is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations relating to health, fire and building codes.
The Montessori School of Alexandra does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, or sex in the administration or its admission policies, staffing, education programs, or in any of its policies and operations.