at Burke

Tours & Events
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Toddler - 18 months to 3 years
Children's House - 3 to 6 years

6000 Schoolhouse Woods Rd, Burke, VA 22015 US
Sara George
Nestled at the end of Schoolhouse Woods Road, Guidepost Montessori at Burke offers an exceptional educational experience for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten-aged children. Situated conveniently off Fairfax County Parkway, a short distance before Ox Road, Guidepost Montessori at Burke caters to families in Fairfax Station and Springfield neighborhoods, making our school an ideal choice for those seeking a Montessori education.
Sara George . Head of School
Tours & Events

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

For children ages 18 months to 3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

Infant with a military head wrap crawling on the ground in between the boots and legs of a military serviceman.

montessori for military.

We are committed to bridging financial assistance, community, and continuity of education to our nation’s heroes and their families. When duty calls, we firmly believe that your child’s education should not be a sacrifice.

We can offer a seamless transfer process from one location to another, replacing disruption with stability. To date, more than 30+ of our campuses based in the U.S. are located within 30 miles of military installations and have joined Child Care Aware of America’s fee-assistance program, bridging early childhood tuition assistance to eligible families off-base.

Learn more about Montessori for Military here.

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what parents are saying.

Sidonie M.
May 15 on google
Our daughter loves the Guides and her classmates! Her confidence and motor skills have skyrocketed since starting here and we look forward to continuing to watch her grow.
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Pratima B
May 13 on google
Great Montessori place for little children!! Young minds and nurturing environment!
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May 12 on google
Our two kids adore all of their teachers here! They have attended this school for the past 2-3 years, and we have seen tremendous growth in their social and academic development.
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Brian O.
May 11 on google
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Evan W.
May 9 on google
We love Guidepost! The teachers and staff are incredibly nice, and my daughter has gotten much more confident and outgoing while attending.
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An W.
May 2 on google
My son started his Guidepost Montessori beginning of this year. He is learning a lot from school. He finished his potty training. I know that’s a lot of work for teachers. We are really appreciate Ms Juan Ms Susann Ms Te•onya and Ms Ana.
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Carla D.
Apr 30 on google
I love coming with my daughter, Mr. Joe and Ms.Caroline are amazing and caring about all the children.
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Hunter C.
Apr 26 on google
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Erin T.
Apr 22 on google
My children started their Guidepost Montessori journey in 2020. One of them is neurodivergent and I was impressed with and thankful for Guidepost's welcoming structure. Through the years there have been a couple of administrative hiccups but Guidepost handled them with grace and swift corrective measures. I love that the kids comes home regularly with new academic skills. They have been set up for success in their next chapters at public school. Thank you Guidepost for being such a wonderful establishment for my babies to grow up in. Thank you to Ms. Carla, Ms. Juan, Ms. Berta and the rest of the awesome guides!
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Melissa B.
Sep 14, 2023 on google
I always enjoy visiting this Guidepost Montessori location. It has a quaint schoolhouse feel and an engaging, supportive parent community. The fantastic outdoor area with ample shade is a wonderful asset as well. The guides and campus leadership care deeply about the children and truly support one another as a team.
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Dec 23, 2022 on google
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