at Herndon

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

Toddler (16 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Guidepost at Home (0 to 12 years)

13251 Woodland Park Rd, Herndon, VA 20171 US
Janine Fetters
Guidepost Montessori at Herndon, is located just off the 267 Dulles Toll Road in northern Virginia and easily accessible through the Fairfax County Parkway. We're are just across from the Arrowbrooke Center and get to enjoy it's scenic views and that of local Frying Pan Park.
Janine Fetters . 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.

take a peek at our school.

what parents are saying.

A. Abouzeid
Sep 14, 2023 on google
Wonderful day and v. frendly all
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Nov 26, 2019 on google
I can’t say enough good about Guidepost Montessori School; their program has been a Godsend to us and incredibly beneficial to my son in many ways! He thrives on the structure and routine they provide, the teachers are very attentive to each child’s needs, development, and growth, and the administrative staff is very professional and runs a well-oiled machine!
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Sadaf Tambe
Nov 26, 2019 on google
Guidepost Montessori is a great place for children to learn and develop. The teachers and staff are extremely knowledgeable, personal and are able to provide the best possible environment for kids to prosper and develop a love towards learning by experiencing. The facility is bright, clean and very well maintained. They have frequent events involving parents so they get to know each other and build a strong community. We are very happy that our kid is part of the Guidepost family and would highly recommend it to all parents!
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Jun Yang
Nov 21, 2019 on google
Guidepost at Herndon is a great place for children to learn and be cared for. The teachers and staff are friendly, understanding and accommodating of the needs of your family. The facility is bright, clean and well cared for.My kids have learned so much. They also frequently give you the opportunity to have your kids get involved in different extracurricular activities such as Tomas EagleBear Storytelling show . We are so happy that our kids are part of the Guidepost family.
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Naveen Bezawada
Nov 26, 2019 on google
The classroom is beautiful, the standards are high, and the teachers genuinely cares about every child. This is going to be our second year enrollment and feel comfortable with the care and teaching to my kids. I will definitely recommend this school.
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Justina Mayo
Jun 13, 2018 on google
My daughter has been here 4.5 years, and what an amazing experience. The teachers are all truly wonderful and are invested in doing the very best for your child. The school is such a warm nurturing environment that feels more like family. The head of schools is attentive to every detail and goes to great lengths to ensure the best experience for your child. I highly recommend this school.
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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.