Montessori Program (ages 3-6)

Our Primary program is a five-day, full Montessori program that incorporates an atrium (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) and follows the teachings and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Our Primary Class is for pre-school through Kindergarten children (ages 3-6, half and full day options).

The Primary classroom is designed based on Dr. Montessori’s observations of children’s developmental needs for self-construction at these ages and their natural tendencies toward self-motivation, mastery of their environment, and independence.

Montessori emphasizes the importance of the careful preparation of the classroom environment to serve the needs of the student. The classroom is divided into five main areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, the Cultural subjects of art, science, foreign language, geography, and history, and a Catholic Atrium. Special equipment and pedagogical tools are available to the students for learning in each area.

The school days is organized around two main work periods, during which students are free to choose and pursue the work that interests them, under the gentle direction of the teacher (Directress).

The Prepared Environment, the Directress, and the child work together produce a community of self-sufficient, curious, and joyful children who eagerly participate in their education. During the three or four-year Primary cycle, a child grows from being the youngest to being a community elder. Central to this process is the opportunity to experience, to learn, and then to abstract and solidify knowledge through teaching, working, sharing, and cooperating with others.

Good Shepherd School works closely with each family, monitoring the development of individual students. The school administration guides parents in fulfilling all Loudoun County Kindergarten requirements for evaluation and testing.

The Primary Program is a Licensed Child Day Center.