at Reston

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

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

11579 Cedar Chase Rd, Great Falls, VA 20170 US
Nicole Maamari
Guidepost Montessori at Reston is located at the intersection of Great Falls and Reston, off Route 7 across from Georgetown Pike. We offer a diverse array of Montessori programs for students from infant through kindergarten.
Nicole Maamari . 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.

Grace G.
Dec 28, 2022 on yelp
We really like Guidepost Montessori at Reston. The teachers here are so nurturing, educational, patient, and caring. The classroom designs and toys provided...
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Mary Kay S.
Apr 9, 2020 on yelp
My daughter transferred from another local private school to the toddler program at Guidepost Montessori Broadlands campus in July 2019 at the age of 16...
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Sarah G.
Mar 31, 2021 on yelp
We are so very happy with Guidepost. We moved our at the time, 20 month old son from a traditional daycare to Guidepost 2 months ago. We have been really...
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Krissy Treece
Dec 7, 2022 on google
I have finally found my second family with this Guidepost at Reston family. The most wonderful team of teachers and aids that any parent could ask for. All three of my children have attended school here, and two are still currently there. As a mom, when you finally find that place where you know your children are loved and cared for like they are at home, its the best feeling in the world. The teachers are true pros, I'm so impressed with their patience and trust of the kids. They teach independence, how to cope with big emotions, treating peers with respect, not to mention reading, writing, math, science, geography, cooking, cleaning, the list goes on and on. My 2 year old knows his whole alphabet, letter sounds, and hundreds of sight words. My 5 year old can multiply and divide. I'm updated daily with pictures and details on what took place that day. They offer lots of after school extracurricular activities as well. Just all around an amazing team. It feels like a family when I walk in the door.
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Hannah Reed
Dec 6, 2022 on google
I have been so happy with my experience here in the toddler and children’s house Spanish immersion program. The teachers are exceptional and treat the children with kindness and respect. The administrators do a really good job communicating with families and building a strong school community. It feels really good to drop off my kids here in the morning.
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Joyce Mangione
Dec 9, 2022 on google
We have been going to Guidepost Montessori at Reston for almost a year now and my kid loves it so much! The school is beautiful; The guides and staff are all super friendly and helpful; and most importantly, the kids are respected and listened to. I feel like they are always finding programs and curriculum to support the kids.
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