Guidepost Montessori at Chantilly

Guidepost Montessori develops a fundamental love of learning and equips each child with the knowledge, confidence, and tools needed to reach their highest potential as they grow into independent adults.

View of Guidepost Montessori at Chantilly from the parking lot that shows the brick exterior and entrance with four glass doors. A branded Guidepost montessori sign hangs above the entrance. There is a flagpole out front as well as plants and shrubbery, Trees with dark green leaves loom off screen on the right hand side.
4550 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151 US

School: 571-321-0364
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Programs For:

Toddler (16 months to 3 years)

Children's House (3 years to 6 years)

Elementary (6 years to 12 years)

ATI Middle School (12 years to 14 years)

Spanish Immersion Offered

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.

We are committed to providing a high-quality education that inspires each child's individual spirit of inquiry. We do this by creating an engaging environment where students have the opportunity to explore, discover, and develop skills through hands-on learning experiences.

At Guidepost Montessori, we offer a comprehensive academic program with rigorous standards and a wide range of enrichment activities in addition to a robust extended day program.

Our school community is committed to diversity and inclusivity. We welcome students of all backgrounds, cultures and abilities into our classrooms so that everyone can learn from one another.

For more information about our school and to schedule a tour, please contact us today!

Explore Our Programs

What are the Montessori equivalent names for preschool and kindergarten? The preschool years correspond to our Toddler program, and the kindergarten years correspond to our Children's House program. Click each image below to read a program overview and discover what your child will learn when they join our school.

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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.


We offer a number of extracurricular activities for students to participate in throughout the year:

  • Science experiments through SciGenius: for children 3 - 5 y.o.
  • Magnus Chess Academy: for children 6 - 12 y.o.
  • Mercier School of Dance: for children 2 ½ - 8 y.o.
  • Soccer Shots: for children 2 - 8 y.o.
  • Robotics through Little Einstein explorers: for children 6 - 12 y.o.
  • Yoga through Little Biny: for children 2 ½ - 8 y.o.
  • Art classes: for children 4 - 6 y.o.
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Hear from our Chantilly Families

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.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls enjoy a conversation over glasses of milk, while two other students complete activities behind them in the well-organized Montessori classroom.

"I am very thankful to have found this school "

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 I am currently a single parent. I'm also an essential worker. This program checks temperatures every morning, limits contact with others, and is really attentive to the kid's needs. Without this school, I would not have been able to return to work. I highly recommend this program for those that have this need. Thank you Montessori team.

Children in a well-organized mixed-age Montessori classroom ponder over an activity using blocks of different sizes, classic Montessori classroom materials

"Challenging, fun, supportive learning environment"

My two boys really enjoy attending school here. The teachers put a lot of thought and effort into creating a challenging, fun, supportive learning environment. The children are all treated with respect and treat each other with respect. The classrooms are small, and the children get individualized attention from the teachers. The younger children also have the opportunity to learn in Spanish immersion classrooms.

Spanish Immersion for 3-6 year olds

Children under the age of six absorb language effortlessly, which is why we are pleased to offer bilingual environments. In our Spanish Immersion program, children learn both Spanish and English literacy skills, however, the prevailing language spoken throughout the day is Spanish. The overall emphasis on Spanish rapidly increases fluency, as children feel naturally compelled to communicate with their Spanish-speaking guides. Learn more about our Spanish Immersion program  here.

Meet our School Team

Head of School

Nancy Kaplan

Administrative Assistant

Katie Penate

Toddler Lead Guide

Guillermina Trejo-Lopez

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Stay connected to your child's learning

Thanks to our app Transparent Classroom, you get a window into your child’s experience of school daily.

Your child’s Lead Guide will share what your child is learning and what their real-time assessments are - this way you can very closely follow your child’s development throughout the day, months, and years you stay within the Guidepost network. If you transfer from one of our locations to the next, your child’s progress and continuity will be tracked in the app and readily accessible. Read more about Transparent Classroom here.

In this app you will see important notes and milestones such as:

  • Daily toileting, eating (bottle feeding for infants), and sleeping habits
  • Curriculum introduction, progress, and completion
  • End of day summary of all activities
  • Notes such as bringing in more diapers or a new set of clothes
  • Reminders for upcoming classroom events like birthdays, holidays, or special occasions

Interested in becoming a room parent? Let your child's Lead guide know!

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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.

What sets us apart from traditional schools

As the largest network of Montessori schools in the U.S., Guidepost Montessori is recognized for its outstanding academic standards, its steadfast commitment to Montessori education, and its deep respect for the potential in every child. At Guidepost, it is our mission to empower and equip your child with the knowledge, confidence and agency needed to reach their highest potential.

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Education for life

Our education provides the freedom and guidance needed to construct a sense of self and purpose through joyful, meaningful work. We support your child in all areas of their development – social, emotional, physical, academic, and beyond.

Three kindergarten-aged school girls and one kindergarten school boy enjoy some laughs while completing a school activity.

Deeply individualized learning

Lessons are carefully structured and designed to appeal to each student's level of development and needs. Our proprietary curriculum gives students increasing responsibility over their learning as they grow.

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Dedicated teachers supported by industry experts

Our programming has been designed by leading education experts, and is implemented by passionate, qualified teachers. All of our Lead Guides are required to be AMI, AMS, or PMI Montessori certified and receive ongoing training and professional development.

Shelves are stacked with colorful paper and organized with classroom tools like scissors, pens, paintbrushes and glue. Students complete work in the background.

Carefully prepared environment

At the heart of our school is our belief that children thrive when given freedom and responsibility in environments prepared for them. Guidepost Montessori classrooms are light, airy, calming, aesthetically beautiful spaces. Each material is carefully chosen and carefully displayed — to inspire and entice your child to explore.

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Year-round programming

We think the education of our students is stronger when we can serve the whole family, which is why we are committed to very few closures throughout the school year, and offer extended day options for families.

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Continuity and mobility

Our schools offer a continuing Montessori education for children as young as 10 weeks through to 18 years old. With a growing network of 100+ schools across the U.S., China and Europe - combined with our virtual and homeschool options - we can support continuity and consistency in your child's education to meet your family's changing needs.

Giving your child the keys to life

Guidepost Montessori offers a unique and holistic approach to education for children of all ages with over 120 brick & mortar schools, virtual and homeschool, and Spanish and Mandarin language immersion options.

Our curriculum fosters independence, creativity, and a love of learning. Book a school tour today and take the first step in giving your child the gift of a Montessori education.

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