We understand that choosing a school for your child is an important decision. In order to assist your consideration, we thought it might be helpful to answer some of the most common questions we have heard from parents at recent open house events and tours.
Quality teachers and staff are the key to successful Montessori schools. Tell me more about your staff?
Throughout our existence, we have developed a gifted group of Montessori teachers and staff who are the heart of our loving, child-centered school environment. Many of our staff members have been with the school since we opened our doors in 2001. The result is a strong, consistent group of master teachers who each contributes to an authentic Montessori experience for parents and children. For more information on our staff, please visit the Meet Our Team page.
What is your maximum class size at MAB?
My experience demonstrates the importance of class size in successful Montessori education. Consequently, we are committed to a maximum class size of 25 students in our primary rooms and all classes will have a Montessori teacher and one assistant. Within the 25 students, each class should have an even mix (approximately eight or nine) of each age group from three to five years old.
Is space available?
MAB enrolls throughout the year from July through April. If a space is not available in one of our classrooms, parents may place their names on our waiting list by submitting the application, which may be printed from this website.
Does MAB offer a partial week program for children?
All of our programs are five days per week. A child’s sense of order requires consistency. Whether infant/toddler, primary or elementary, consistent participation in the Montessori class throughout the week allows for the child to quickly integrate and become a full member of the classroom family. A strong level of comfort and familiarity with the teachers and children promotes social and emotional development. In this manner, the child is able to fully connect with his or her environment and therefore receive the most benefit from time in the classroom. We would be pleased to discuss the specific needs of your child. Please contact Bart Theriot by phone at (703) 729-7200 to check on availability.
Where is MAB located?
We are fortunate to have found a location for MAB on a 3-acre wooded campus adjacent to a wetlands preserve in Belmont Greene in Ashburn, VA. The school is at the corner of Portsmouth Boulevard and Winkle Drive. Belmont Greene is conveniently located on Belmont Ridge Road (VA 659), 1.5 miles south of Route 7, the main east west route in Loudoun County and 1.5 miles north of the Greenway, an expressway connecting Leesburg to Tyson Corner and onward to I 66 and Washington D.C.
Belmont Greene is the first Traditional Neighborhood Development in Northern Virginia. MAB fits perfectly in this unique walking community designed for pedestrians, not automobiles. Belmont Greene includes mixed generational neighborhoods, numerous small parks and soon village shops all connected by footpaths and tree lined sidewalks. The Washington Old Dominion Bike Trail is the northern border of Belmont Greene. We see marvelous opportunities for Montessori activities for the children around Belmont Greene.
What Loudoun County communities are convenient to Belmont Greene?
A quick reference to an ADC map book of Loudoun will show that MAB is within a few minutes drive of the following:
- Ashburn Farms
- Ashburn Village
- Belmont Country Club
- The Lakes at Red Rock
- Lowes Island
- Potomac Farms
- Potomac Run
- Potomac Station
- River Creek
Belmont Ridge Road (VA 659) provides convenient access to communities in the South Riding area of the county as well.