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Phone 703-481-2922

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As you begin this journey for your family, we invite you to discover why for 30 years families continue to choose Reston Montessori School for their child’s early and elementary education.

Kathlean Lanfear


About Reston Montessori

Since 1986

From the moment you arrive at our private school-Reston Montessori, you will feel the warmth and energy of our community. Our classrooms, beginning with infants and moving on to the sixth grade, are exciting learning environments where independence, self-esteem, integrity, and personal responsibility are fostered. Faculty and staff are enthusiastic and engaged as they lay the foundation for motivating a child to love learning. Families are supportive and involved as they partner with us in their child’s education.


We at RMS work diligently to achieve the goal of comprehensive development of the child.

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There are many opportunities for you to get to know us. Though our website has a wealth of information, we would like to invite you to schedule a visit of our school and observe our students and teachers at work or join us for an in-depth discussion of Montessori with our faculty and staff members at one of our Open Houses.

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General Info


Grade Levels: Infant – Upper Elementary

School Hours

M-F: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Weekends: Closed

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Contact Details

Reston Montessori School
1765 Business Center Dr,
Reston, VA 20190

Phone:  +1 (703) 481-2922

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Infant (3 months – 18 months age)


Reston Montessori School is pleased to be one of the few Montessori schools offering an Infant/Young Toddler program. We refer to this program as The Nido. In Italian Nido means “nest”. Our Nido is designed to be comfortable and welcoming, so that you and your child will feel at home here.

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Pre-Primary (18 – 36 Months age)

Our uniquely prepared toddler environment meets the young child’s many physical and emotional needs. The classroom is beautifully designed to appeal to the child’s curiosity. Furniture is custom-sized to allow for maximum exploration and development of the senses.


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Primary (3 – 6 Years age)

During this time, the child literally absorbs everything in his environment through sensorial exploration. By sensorially absorbing the surroundings, a child forms his personality and himself. He constructs his mind: his memory, power to understand, and ability to think through impressions gained from the environment.


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The core of the Montessori Primary Curriculum is made up of Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math, Science, Geography and Art. This includes daily living tasks, such as pouring juice, polishing shoes, sweeping, and buttoning a shirt. To the child, these are meaningful activities that involve caring for himself, other people, and the environment. They also help the child concentrate, expand his attention span, and improve hand-eye coordination.


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Lower Elementary (6 -9 years)

At age six, the child moves to what Montessori calls the Second Plane of Development, which encompasses the years from 6 to 12.

“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
– Maria Montessori

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Upper Primary (9 – 12 Years)

Upper Elementary students transition toward more abstract thinking as they begin to rely more on books and traditional resource materials as they build upon the work done with materials in the Lower Elementary.Upper Elementary students transition toward more abstract thinking as they begin to rely more on books and traditional resource materials as they build upon the work done with materials in the Lower Elementary. The goal of the Montessori Upper Elementary program is to prepare the child for what lies ahead academically, while addressing the child’s needs as a whole.

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A lifetime of Sweet Memories

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What Parents are Saying

Parent /Gaurdian on

August 27, 2021

We’ve been part of the RMS community for the past 8 years, and both my children have absolutely thrived at the school (one is in kindergarten there now, and the other was there through third grade). The teachers are dedicated and caring, the schoolwork is interesting and challenging, and the specials offered are excellent (French, art, music, etc). The school truly feels like one big family, and it’s a really nurturing environment for kids of all ages and backgrounds. I especially like the cultural diversity of the school, and the fact that the teachers and staff do such a good job honoring and teaching about a wide variety of holidays and cultural practices. In reading some of the other reviews, I have to clarify that the school *has* had quite an effective COVID mitigation strategy in place. What the previous poster neglected to say is that the teacher/student COVID cases mentioned in that post were literally the only two COVID cases in the school all year. The school *did* indeed communicate those cases to the entire school via email. RMS went to great lengths, in fact, to minimize class size and create new teaching pods in favor of smaller groups when COVID first started. They also have hand sanitizer everywhere, kids wash their hands often, and all staff and students wear masks indoors. Overall, we truly love the school and feel that it’s been a great, supportive environment that’s helped both our kids become the best version of themselves from an academic, social and emotional perspective.


A review by parent on

January 28, 2021

My children have been at Reston Montessori (RMS) since they were only a few months old. After touring many schools in the area, from the moment we walked into RMS it was nurturing, kind, welcoming, adaptable, and have gone above and beyond for our children. The RMS teachers and staff are not only excellent and nurturing teachers but the curriculum and structure is far and above others. We have also experiencing some issues with the owner, but my children are not learning from the owner, they are learning and with teachers and their peers everyday. I would also add in the five years we have been at RMS my children have not experienced any turnover in teachers or aides in the classroom.

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Dino BrownDino Brown
21:20 17 Apr 22
Lauren FoxLauren Fox
13:49 07 Mar 22
I can't say enough about the wonderful experience our family has had at Reston Montessori. Our oldest (now in second grade) has been at RMS since she was 18 months old and has continued to thrive at all levels. The staff provides a warm and nurturing environment, ensuring the children feel supported. I often tell people the Montessori curriculum makes teachers seem like magicians - teaching my children above all lifelong skills like independence, critical thinking, and striving for a more peaceful world. While the experience may differ somewhat from classroom to classroom, RMS does a wonderful job of matching students to teachers and learning environment for their personality, and the teachers are experts and understanding your child's unique personality traits and tailoring the environment to their needs. (This was particularly important for our younger child who joined the community during the pandemic having only been at home until she was 3).During the pandemic, we have watched as the staff has pivoted quickly, taken guidance from the medical community, and done everything they can to keep our vulnerable children safe. We are so grateful to have found this community and look forward to continuing for many more years as our children grow.
Terra BecharaTerra Bechara
18:40 03 Mar 22
My family couldn't be happier with our decision to attend Reston Montessori School (RMS) about 12 years ago. When I was touring schools, montessori and non-montessori schools, I immediately felt a warm, loving and caring atmosphere at RMS and knew this was the place to start my oldest son, at the time 15 months old. Now, I have 5 kids and all of them started out at RMS in the Pre-Primary Room, then Primary and finally Elementary (thru 3rd grade). The teachers and staff are exceptional, passionate and truly put my kids interest at heart. I love the one-on-one personalization, for example, when one of my children was in the Pre-Primary Room, the teacher noticed he was getting bored with the current math work in their room, so the very next day she was able to obtain more challenging math work from the Primary Room, so he can continue to grow. Now, this child loves Math and really excels in this subject. I love that the Montessori method is about growing with your child and its not just cookie cutter materials in each classroom for each grade.I did decide to keep all my boys at RMS through 3rd grade and the base/foundation they have received is amazing and highly recomend even just staying through Kindergarten for that foundation you cannot get anywhere else! I know this is an investment, but I look at it as the best investment you can give your child to start their education - their love for school will increase and help in all aspects of life.Thank you RMS for giving this beautiful, loving and peaceful foundation to my five boys and cannot wait to see them flourish as they continue to grow.
Raymond HardmanRaymond Hardman
13:33 27 Jul 17
Gyeong Han BaeGyeong Han Bae
13:49 06 Sep 16
Alex LozanoAlex Lozano
05:19 28 Jan 13
Can't say enough good things about RMS.

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