at Montclair

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

Toddler (16 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)
Spanish Immersion (16 months to 6 years)

3551 Waterway Dr, Montclair, VA 22025, US
Aracelly Claros
Guidepost Montessori at Montclair is a beloved Montessori school. Our school is a small and welcoming place, tucked away in the charming Montclair neighborhood at the intersection of Waterway Drive and Cardinal Drive. Inside, you'll find spacious, well-lit rooms that create a cozy and calm atmosphere for children to learn and explore. Located just minutes away from Highway 234 and Minnieville Road in Woodbridge, Virginia, we offer convenience for families in the area. Come join us on this wonderful journey of discovery and growth!
Aracelly Claros . 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.

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.

Carlos Enrique Fernandez Calmet
Mar 18 on google
Since my daughter started going to this marvelous school, I started to notice changes since day one. The head of the school is always available to talk and listen any questions/concerns. The environment, the teacher and her assistants are the best!
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Clari Villanueva
Mar 11 on google
My family love Guidepost. The teachers of my daughters are firm with kind. My daughter is 3 years old and her vocabulary and knowledge impressed me. Thank you Ms. Mariel, Ms. Jacky and Ms. Aracelly for all you do for ny daughter my family and I see all the work and love you put in your job.
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KC Orgeron
Dec 19, 2023 on google
The incredible care, compassion, and dedication from the guides at Montclair Guidepost are the qualities that make us feel like our child is well taken care of. The curriculum’s emphasis on developmentally appropriate independence learning is really important to us as a family. We are so grateful for this school and community.
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Chris L.
Sep 24, 2021 on yelp
Best teachers, Son loves this school
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Crystal Hlywa
Apr 15, 2023 on google
Our experience at Guidepost Montessori of Montclair has been exceptional. We have attended this school for more than a year and cannot speak any higher of this school. The guides are amazing and with the well maintained Montessori environment my child has thrived. We highly recommend this school and every single staff member! They all make my child feel special and loved.
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Nadezhda Christova
Nov 16, 2022 on google
Our son started at Guidepost in Montclair this past September and he’s already learned so much! He’s not even 2 yet, but he now knows how to put his shoes on and take them off by himself. He follows instructions so much better, but at the same time has become a lot more independent. The student teacher ratio is great - 12 students in his group and 3 teachers. Our son absolutely loves his main teacher Ms. Ivonne - he gives her a big hug every morning when we get there. Almost every day they send you pictures of your child doing various Montessori activities. It’s a great school with caring and dedicated teachers. It’s a bit pricey, but definitely worth it.
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Ruth Velasquez
Nov 22, 2022 on google
Love love love this school, community and most of all the teachers and administrators! They all listen attentively and make you feel at ease about whatever concern you may be having. I have two kids, one left to elementary but my second one is still enrolled there and we don’t plan on taking her out for another two years. It’s nice to go to work and know that your kids are in good hands and being educated every moment they are in school! Words are not enough to thank these selfless and kind women! Always talk highly of this school and def recommend it to everyone!
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Erin Whisenant
Jul 15, 2021 on google
My daughter started at Guidepost Montessori at Montclair in April and we have been so happy! The staff is all so helpful, friendly, caring, and supportive. The facility is beautifully set-up and the classrooms are so well thought out for the children. I know my child is with AMAZING teachers, they all are always willing to answer questions, update us about her day, and keep us informed! Our daughter comes home everyday talking about her teachers, friends, and how fun school is!
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