Alexandria Montessori, a nondenominational school, serves children ages 3 through 14.Established in 1981, the school has a long standing and strong reputation of providing a high quality, individualized education that guides the child towards reaching their full potential — academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Our fundamental belief about children is that each is unique with a natural curiosity and love for knowledge. Our program is built around this core belief and guides us in every aspect of working with children and setting our curriculum. The Montessori method of education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Specially designed learning materials introduce children to basic academic concepts in a sensorial way. It is these materials that give the child a deep understanding of what is being learned. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace. Learning is an exciting process of discovery leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of life-long learning. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.Alexandria is comprised of four classroom environments, primary for 3-6 year olds, lower elementary for 6-9 year olds, upper elementary for 9-12 year olds, and the middle school for 12-14 year olds. Students remain in each environment for up to three years depending on their age and skill level at entry. Three year age spans in a classroom is typical of Montessori schools and offers many advantages. Multi-age groupings allow the younger child to benefit from the knowledge and behavior of the older child. Older students benefit as well by developing leadership skills and serving as academic mentors.Our Montessori community is founded out of our respect for children and a devotion to educating children for a peaceful world. Our school is committed to Montessori’s approach to education and operates on the principles of freedom within limits, respect for oneself, others, and for the environment. We welcome students from all ethnic, religious, cultural, and racial backgrounds. Maria Montessori believed it is through our knowlege, understanding, and acceptance of all people that we will achieve a peaceful world. Students of Alexandria also learn to be stewards of our natural world by learning about caring for our environment.