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 forty years of Montessori education. APS currently has 19 Montessori primary classrooms in six elementary schools. In addition, Drew Model offers six lower elementary and three upper elementary classes. Gunston offers one Montessori class 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:
- Who was Maria Montessori?
- The Montessori Philosophy
- A Guide to the Primary Montessori Classroom
- A Guide to the Elementary Montessori Classroom
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:
- A completed Montessori application – provided at Syphax!
- Original birth certificate
- 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