at Fairfax

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Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Guidepost at Home (0 to 12 years)

3909 Oak St, Fairfax, VA 22030, US
Renata Faccioli
Guidepost Montessori at Fairfax is a Montessori school nestled in the heart of Fairfax, Virginia. Our campus boasts luminous classrooms that provide a peaceful and comfortable learning environment for children 3 to 6 years old. Our school's prime location at the intersection of Oak St. and Cedar Ave. We are just across the street from the iconic Chilcott Stadium, right off of Route 50, making it easily accessible for families commuting from surrounding areas. With this prime location, families can enjoy easy access to major roads and highways, including Route 66 and the Fairfax County Parkway.
Renata Faccioli . 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!”

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.

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what parents are saying.

Val Hu
Nov 29, 2023 on google
We have been so pleased with our experience here and highly recommend this program! I absolutely love the personalized attention each child and family receive! I am a stay at home mom currently and most days, my adult interaction is very limited. The Head of School, Ms. Renata, is fantastic. She always greets me with a smile and our little conversations while picking up my daughter really brightens my day. This goes for seeing the teachers in the morning as well! I am always greeted with a huge smile and truly feel like they really care for my daughter. Now to the nitty gritty of Montessori - my daughter has truly learned so much in a short amount of time. At home, I don’t even have to ask her anymore to put away her plate! She immediately takes it to the sink and even will help her little sister. She truly embodies the Montessori vision of being independent AND sharing this gift with others. I’ll find her teaching her little sister how to do something, she sings the songs she’s learned in school, and at not even 4 yet, is starting to recognize letters, numbers, wants to write her name, colors within the lines, etc. I love the interaction and the development of friendships my daughter is getting with her friends at school as well. Job well done as well for staying on top of getting parents updated pictures and weekly newsletters. I truly think the “small” feel of this location is a hidden gem. If you have any sort of problem, this can be immediately addressed and I really love that you interact with those in charge of this location. Although scheduling is the best way - I know Ms. Renata would drop whatever she is doing to assist families. I would LOVE if this location would open it up for 2 year olds (I would 100% enroll my youngest as well, if I could). You could not find a more loving and passionate school that embodies Montessori life for our littles.
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Terrel W.
Nov 27, 2023 on google
Wow what a program! Amazing staff with so much heart and caring mindset. Ms. Renata has done an extraordinary job with making this program feel like home. The staff here are so warm and loving it made me want to go to the school myself! The teachers really make an effort to engage the kids and develop them in a very individualized way. The management is really committed to providing a safe, fun, and loving environment and I’m very thankful to Renata and the whole team at Guidepost Montessori for such an awesome experience!
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Virginie B.
Nov 17, 2023 on google
We are very happy with our experience at Guidepost Montessori, Fairfax. The teachers and administration are all wonderful - they care deeply that all children are happy, learning, and getting what they need to thrive. They also teach kids that learning can be fun, how to independently explore, work within a group, and communicate respectfully to others. The school has done a wonderful job of communicating the individual updates for each child, but also what's going on in the school, how to get involved, and what's coming up for the families and kids. The facility is on the smaller side, but it offers an intimate space for children to learn and grow in. We've had nothing but positive feelings since joining the Guidepost family. We are so happy we found it!
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Pamela S.
Nov 13, 2019 on yelp
This is such a wonderful Montessori school! We highly recommend it. Our daughter previously attended a large Montessori school in bustling NYC for two...
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James B.
Jan 21, 2020 on yelp
Our family has had a great experience with Guidepost. The ages they cater to, primarily 3-6, really benefit from the cross-pollination with the different...
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Katie A.
Sep 4, 2020 on yelp
I love Landy so much. She is the friendliest, most professional and helpful Admissions Specialist. She used to be at the Fairfax campus and now with her...
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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.