at Chantilly

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

Toddler (16 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Elementary (6 to 12 years)
Middle School (12 to 14 years)
Spanish Immersion (2 to 6 years)

4550 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 US
4550 Walney Rd
Guidepost Montessori in Chantilly, Virginia offers a diverse array of Montessori programs for students from infancy through kindergarten. Our school is conveniently located off of Hwy 657 Walney Rd, near the Westfields Shopping Center.
4550 Walney Rd . Chantilly, VA 20151
Tours & Events

join us for our 2024 elementary summer camp experience!.

Guidepost Montessori warmly invites your child to be a part of our enriching 2024 Summer Camp, specially designed for elementary-aged learners. Our program is a blend of hands-on activities and Montessori-inspired educational experiences, perfect for inspiring young minds to explore and grow.

Dates: June 17th - August 16th, 2024

Drop-off / Pick-up Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm

Camp Hours: 8:30am - 3:00pm

Reserve Your Spot Today! Our camp spaces are quickly being booked. Click below to register and ensure your child enjoys a summer of learning, creativity, and joy at Guidepost Montessori.

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.

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 16 months to 2.5-3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
For children ages 6 to 12 years old
Middle School.
For children ages 12 to 14 years old
Spanish Immersion.
For children ages 16 months to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

what parents are saying.

Dee Pekruhn
Mar 13 on google
There are hardly words to describe how happy we are with our choice to enroll our son in Guidepost Montessori of Chantilly's Toddler Program. From the moment we first toured, through today, the Guidepost team has been warmly welcoming, supportive, and encouraging of our son and development. Ms. Priscilla, the Lead Guide for our son's class, has proven herself to be one of the most dedicated, learning-focused, perceptive and supportive educators I've had the pleasure to know. She has been a champion for our son, throughout an emotionally-wrought journey of discovering he is neuro-atypical and needs special support for his behavioral and social development. And, the Guidepost leadership has been wonderfully supportive and accommodating, as we mapped out together our son's individualized plan for getting him the support and learning environments he needs. These are people who are truly devoted to each child's educational journey, truly devoted to inclusion and the creation of a family and community that is unparalleled. Guidepost Chantilly is a lovely, safe, thoughtfully-feathered nest where our son can happily land each day, greeted by encouraging team members (Ms. Katie! Ms. Elise! Ms. Kayla!) with warm hugs. We have every confidence that our son has and will have the best possible educational journey, right for him, because of this incredible Guidepost team. We are beyond grateful, and recommend this school without reservation, to all!
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Zachery B.
Mar 18 on google
I can not express enough the high quailty staff and teachers that at this school. Thier commitment to our child's development has far exceed our expectations. After an exhustive search in the area for a Montessori school, I can subjectively say this school is by far the one of the best I have an enrolled my child into.
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Katie B.
Aug 20, 2020 on yelp
Our two daughters, 2.5 and 4 years old, attend Guidepost Montessori Chantilly. From the first time that I reached out to the Assistant Head of School to...
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Ishwa T.
Jun 8, 2021 on yelp
We have really enjoyed our time at the Chantilly Guidepost. We can tell that our son's teacher, Ms. Suzanne, has created a positive atmosphere for the...
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Ann B.
Apr 22, 2020 on yelp
I am very thankful to have found this school when schools closed recently. I have a kindergartener who was not in the Montessori school program and am...
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Jacqueline Jemison
May 26, 2023 on google
We transitioned from a smaller Guidepost so we could hopefully grow into their elementary program over time. It's a bustling community! I mostly appreciate the thoughtful written communication from our Guides about the happenings in the classroom each week. It includes lyrics to the songs they sang in class so I can partner and work on articulation at home, recipes to the food they baked, sighting on their daily walks, or the specific books they chose for circle time. I love reviewing it with my children to spark conversations. They've learned so much in their year here.
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Abigail Smith
Mar 6, 2022 on google
There are not enough words to express how much our family loves Guidepost Chantilly. We put our then 18 month old there last year. At the time he was barely saying a few words. Within weeks he was talking in short sentences, now we can’t get him to stop talking! The works they plan, and the entire Montessori way has grown my son by leaps and bounds beyond where his older brother was at the same age. I love that they reach real life skills, especially since I now have someone to help clean! :) Every single person from the administration down to the resource staff are all amazing. Our teacher and the toddler lead guide, Miss Maggie has not only been amazing with my son, but has helped me tremendously. As parents, there is no handbook. Maggie, having been trained and having years of experience with this age group has been willing to answer questions, provide me insight and resources, as well as guidance to help my son grow and me to parent him even better! I really just cannot say enough good things about this school! The support, teaching, love and care they provide is beyond measure! If you want your child to grow and learn in an environment that meets them where they’re at and truly takes your individual child’s needs into consideration then this is the place for you!
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Cristina Hugick
Sep 22, 2020 on google
We are so happy we found Guidepost Montessori in Chantilly when we were ready to move our daughter to daycare! The entire school team makes this school feel like a family. We’ve been so pleased with the level of communication, warmth, and responsiveness from teachers and the administrative team alike. Not to mention the learning our daughter has done has been amazing - she’s gained so much independence with basic life skills (finding and preparing her own snack, using utensils and open cups, keeping things in their designated place, etc), fine motor skills, language, and general grace and courtesy. Also very telling is how thoughtfully they’ve handled supporting the children through the various phases of the COVID 19 pandemic. From providing multiple options (virtual, at-home, essential worker care at school) to meet the different needs of their enrolled families, to such a careful and transparent reopening with enhanced health safety procedures; we didn’t even consider leaving Guidepost because there was always an option there for our comfort level at the time. I love how well they know my daughter and my family, and just observing the interactions at drop off / pick up I know our experience is not unique in this regard. If you’re looking for a school that offers a wonderful child-led curriculum, personalized attention, and a real community feel, I can’t recommend Guidepost enough!
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Katie Devin
Aug 20, 2020 on google
Our two daughters, 2.5 and 4 years old, attend Guidepost Montessori Chantilly. From the first time that I reached out to the Assistant Head of School to find out more about their programs, we felt like part of the Guidepost Family. When we needed help with the Financial Aid process, we had assistance the whole way. Couldn't have been more grateful. Our children have flourished under this Accredited Montessori School with Trained Guides. We could not feel more comfortable that no question seems silly or bothersome by the Guides or Administration. As I said, we truly feel welcome and a member of the Guidepost Family. Also, the way they have handled the COVID-19 pandemic has been incredible. Feeling our children are in safe hands at times like these is paramount and we do at Guidepost. Cannot recommend highly enough! We are so blessed to be here.
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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.

Middle school student completing a science experiment in the classroom with liquid in various beakers.

continuing education for middle and high school .

We are also pleased to offer in-person, virtual school and home school learning options for Middle school and High school students through the Academy of Thought and Industry (ATI).

The Academy of Thought and Industry combines the best of a classical education with personalized learning based on interest, passion, and curiosity. Our programs deliver a powerful education for independence and help to develop curious, self-motivated students who thrive in school and in life.

Learn more about the Academy of Thought and Industry here.

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start your journey with us.

Our team of admissions specialists are ready to meet you and get you started on your journey within the Guidepost community. We're here to provide your family with the information and confidence you need to enroll in one of our programs.

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