The Montessori School of Alexandria has been serving the City of Alexandria since 1970. MSA offers Early Childhood (Ages 3 – 6) and Elementary (Ages 6 – 12) Montessori education. In addition, we offer an Extended Care Program, Extracurricular Activities and a Summer Program for MSA students. Please explore our site to learn more about our Montessori school. We invite you to schedule a tour of MSA so we can meet you and your child. It has been our home and we have watched the community grow up in our classrooms. We look forward to another 40+ years being part of such an amazing community.
The Montessori School of Alexandria is located in the City of Alexandria that rests in the shadow of Washington D.C., but it is not overshadowed by it. Situated across the Potomac River from the nation’s capital, it is an ideal spot for professionals to find refuge from the bustle. Alexandria has witnessed much of the history that shaped and molded our nation. Due to it’s prime location on the river it has held a key part in U.S. history from it’s time as a colonial trade town, through several wartime occupations, and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement. Modern Alexandria has strong presence within the Northern Virginia community in part to the urban, cosmopolitan areas of Old Town, Potomac River Waterfront and Del Ray. These areas provide ample opportunity for entertainment, shopping, and dining that are enjoyed by all who visit. The culture the city is rich and provides a hotbed of experiential learning for the students at Montessori School of Alexandria (MSA).
Alexandria is home to many of the key figures of American History. The first President of the U.S., George Washington, surveyed the land when it was nothing more than a seaport town. He fell in love with the area so much he built his home Mount Vernon on her banks. The city became occupied by the Union Army during the Civil War as a key defensive stronghold, transportation hub, and central hospital as portrayed in the PBS series Mercy Street. There was a strong abolitionist community in Alexandria who fought equality for African American slaves. This spirit carried through to the modern era, when Alexandrian attorney Samuel W. Tucker became one of the key members of the Civil Rights Movement. That equitable spirit is alive and well at MSA through their classroom environment the highlights diversity and respect for all.
With such a rich and colorful history the city has taken care to preserve the landmarks and culture that make it so special. This has resulted in three distinct areas within the city: Old Town, Del Ray, and the Potomac River Waterfront. The Old Town district was established in 1946 ,the third U.S. designated historic district ever created. It encompasses many historic buildings that provide a vibrant backdrop to the current MSA community. This district is home to the King Street shopping boutiques, award winning restaurants, as well art museums such the Torpedo Factory Art. Adjacent to Old Town you will find the Potomac River Waterfront, where you will find everything from dining el fresco, boat tours, and water taxis. If boats are not your thing you can easily find a bike share and take a ride on the Mount Vernon Trail. The Del Ray area provides the small town feel through the many shops, local farmers markets, and cafes the dot the main street. It also plays host to several arts and cultural festivals throughout the year. This artistic community is the perfect compliment to the creative learning and exploration that MSA prides itself on.
Alexandria has much to offer!