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Siena Academy

Private | PK-6 | 100 students

Emphasizing the spiritual development of the child as the heart of our program.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $911,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,650.

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Posted October 20, 2014

Siena Academy is devoted to providing authentic Montessori education as "discovered" and developed by Maria Montessori. We sold our home in another city and moved nearby to give our children the benefit of this education. It has changed all of our lives.
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Posted October 14, 2014

Siena Academy is renowned as one of the best Catholic Montessori Schools in the country. Its combination of the authentic teaching of the faith through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, combined with the academic materials designed by Dr. Montessori in the main classroom, make it a stellar environment for children to learn and develop. I highly recommend this school.

Posted October 10, 2014

We are thrilled to have this incredible option for our childrens' education. True authentic Montessori teaching at its finest!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 10, 2014

With the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at the heart of this school, this AMI accredited Catholic Montessori parochial school is like the hidden treasure found in a field. Wonderful, committed and experienced Montessori teachers in both the primary and elementary environments. The community of families are very supportive and committed to raising their children in a Montessori way and the school is like a second family to our children, who love to go to school everyday! We have had three children graduate from Siena Academy who continue to have a love of learning, a love of Christ and have excelled academically in their middle schools and high schools. We are so thankful to have found this school!
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Posted October 10, 2014

We are so blessed To have found this school for our children. The teachers and staff are exceptional. The family community is unlike any other.
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Posted October 10, 2014

By far the most authentic Montessori school (owing to the skill, experience, and spiritual preparation of the teachers) I've seen in northern Virginia. Parents looking for education as an aid to life should look no further. The drawbacks are its size and the fact that it doesn't have an Erdkinder. It also could benefit from the presence of a male guide, but most Children's Houses are in that same situation.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 25, 2013

Post dated February 27, 2013 is very true. The strengh and spirit of the school is the spiritual formation of the child which is taught to the students through the Atruim with the Catechist of the Good Sherphard. Upper level classes go to daily Mass. The teachers are all very loving, patient, and honest. The enviroment is safe for children. The school has a great vision but is still growing and learinig how to manifest their vision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 27, 2013

Pros: Truly committed to Montessori teaching. Seminars on Montessori principles for parents. Beautiful and large classrooms. Inexpensive (half the price of nearby Montessori schools). Mondays through Fridays. Cons: If you have a perfect child, by all means, send your kid to Sienna. Perfect, I mean, your child is quiet, independent, walk (rather than run), and able to concentrate for a long periods of time. Otherwise, the school will email you out of the blue asking for a conference. The school then will proceed to tell you that your child needs to integrate her mind, body, and spirit, and therefore, she s expelled until she completes 4-6 months of therapy. I took my child to one of the TWO therapists that the school recommended. After $575, 4-hour evaluation session, and a day off from work, my child got a clean bill of mental and physical health. No follow up from Sienna Academy teachers. They did not want to commit to a child who required a little bit more work.
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Posted January 1, 2013

Wonderful! See incredible teaching and a beautiful way to learn the Catholic Faith in the Catechesis. I loved observing here!

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Special staff resources available to students Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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  • None - the school offers no services

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  • Robotics club

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  • Performance stage
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Sewing/knitting club

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman Catholic
  • AMI
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (703) 759-3753


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
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  • Religious
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Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None


Staff resources available to students
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Internet access
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Girls sports
  • None

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Performing arts
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Media arts
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  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Sewing/knitting club
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $10000
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1020 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
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Phone: (703) 759-4129


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