December 19, 2009
When we researched preschools, MSNV stood out with its attractive wooded setting, child centered philosophy, caring faculty with master s degrees or the equivalent, staff longevity, and a highly engaged diverse parent population. We applied even though our chances of admission were slim given the school s popularity. When our children were accepted at MSNV, we felt as though they had gotten into Harvard. After spending nearly seven years at MSNV, we have had an excellent experience. Our oldest recently transitioned beautifully to a rigorous local public school after completing the lower elementary program. Our younger child received instruction in multiplication and division as a kindergartener as well as the chance to conduct independent research on Europe as part of cultural/geography studies. MSNV students receive individualized instruction so those who are academically and socially ready can go very far. The Montessori learning method cultivates the child s inner drive, which helps them with academic independence as they grow. Our younger child is thriving in the elementary program now. The MSNV elementary program offers students the opportunity to engage their intellect on all levels with original research, independent study, practical life lessons, as well as the 3 R s reading, writing, and arithmetic. Additional emphasis on community service, ecologically responsible practices such as green lunches/waste free classrooms, peace/conflict resolution, and grace and courtesy lessons turn students into outstanding, responsible young citizens. Many MSNV graduates go on to great success in their pursuits, academically, in the arts, sports and more. MSNV students and parents form strong friendships that last long after they leave the campus. After many years of long waiting lists at its Annandale campus, the school is expanding to open a second campus in fall 2010 for 2-5 year olds in nearby Falls Church. The new building will replace the former Valleybrook preschool, and include some innovative green features as well as natural playground elements.
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