“The purpose is not to create walking encyclopedias of knowledge… The “stuff” the students learn is almost incidental to the enrichment of the context they gain for understanding themselves and their place in the universe.”  -Maria Montessori

Belle Meade Montessori School’s new Lower School for elementary children ages 6-11 is now accepting applications for enrollment. This expansion provides families an alternative option to public and charter schools in Rappahannock County and the surrounding areas and adds to the robust educational options already available to middle and high school students.

The elementary level offers curriculum for children ages 6-11. Older children spend the day developing their social skills and academic interests.  Short group instructions introduce students to academic concepts while still offering time to pursue personal interests with one-on-one guidance from teachers.Physical activities are preferably held outdoors, including swimming, hiking, field sports, gardening and animal husbandry.

Belle Meade first opened its doors in 2007 to upper grades and received full accreditation in 2014. School owner Susan Hoffman has an A.B from Smith College, and Ed. M. Harvard, and an Ed. D. Johns Hopkins University. Head of school John Glass has a B.S. degree from Brigham Young University in Education and completed AMI/NAMTA Adolescent Orientation at Hershey, Ohio, in 2018.