at Sterling

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)

624 W Church Road, Sterling, VA 20164
Mike Brown
Welcome to Guidepost Montessori in Sterling, a vibrant school community in Loudoun County, Virginia. Our meticulously designed rooms offering ample room for exploration and discovery.
Mike Brown . 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!”

For children ages 16 months to 2.5-3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

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.

Sarah Saenz
Apr 14 on google
Guidepost Sterling is the absolute best Montessori in Northern Virginia. Not only do they follow the Montessori method, but you have the best care from the best leadership. Mike and Heidi are accommodating, comforting, and supportive of anything you may need for your child. I have known them now for over 3 years and I’m so lucky to have them lead this Montessori for my kids. It’s hard to leave your child anywhere, but you can rest assure they are in safe hands. The entire team at Guidepost Sterling is dedicated, friendly, and helpful. Don’t hesitate to try this amazing school!
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Apr 12 on google
Guidepost Sterling is an excellent place for parents who are looking for a clean, personal and professional care for their children. The school consistently schedule activities (Hike Day at Claude Moore Park, Art Day, Gardening, Water Day, Holiday Festivals…etc.) that teaches children to embrace “all things in life”, which my little one really enjoys. Since switching from traditional daycare to Guidepost a year ago, we see a tremendous amount positive change in our kid and we are grateful and glad to be a part of the Guidepost family!
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Emily Duncan
Apr 8 on google
My now 3yo has been at Guidepost Sterling for a year and a half now. He absolutely loves it, and he has really thrives in the toddler classroom! He has so much independence and they really encourage him to work on activities that interest him, like reading and puzzles.
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Nancy Orellana-Palacios
Dec 18, 2023 on google
I have known Mr. Mike the Head of School for the past 7 years. Mike has a very humble heart and listens to any concerns you may have. He cares for the children and has been there for our family multiple times. I have also known Heidi for the past two years and can say she is very loving to each family. My 18 month old before coming to Sterling was at a in home daycare she would cry every morning and did not want to leave my side. Ever since she started with Ms. Ivy, Ms. Krissia and Ms. Rahel, has been happier and enjoys coming to school. She has learned so much and has been becoming more independent. I would highly recommended Ms. Ivy if you are looking for a toddler program for your child.
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Mar 5 on google
We’ve only been at this location for six months, but it’s been amazing. The staff is very organized, well-trained, and knowledgeable. They are thoughtful and caring. Before starting at Sterling, our two-year-old had significant developmental delays tied to speech and socializing. Within six months, her social anxiety has improved significantly. She is more engaged in classroom activities and has learned to use a few words appropriately. The school does a great job in collaborating, accommodating, and incorporating complementary programs (speech therapy, LCPS child find, etc.) with the existing curriculum. We are incredibly grateful to Ms. Heidi, Ms. Ivy, Ms. Rahel, and Ms. Crissia. Thank you for the tremendous impact you’ve made on our little girl.
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Angeli Mina
Dec 22, 2023 on google
❤️ it here! The guides are awesome and they put extra effort to care for the children.
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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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Amit Gupta
Dec 2, 2022 on google
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Marcia L
Aug 3, 2023 on google
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Our team of admissions specialists are ready to meet you and get you started on your journey within the Guidepost community. We're here to provide your family with the information and confidence you need to enroll in one of our programs.

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