Choosing a Northern Virginia Preschool
The teachers and staff at Fairfax Christ Lutheran Preschool are proud of the caring and nurturing environment their preschool offers to its students. They wish all of the children in northern Virginia could have the benefit of a similarly great preschool experience, and they are grateful for the wonderful quality of preschools available to so many families in our area. That’s the good news. And now, the bad news – preschools in northern Virginia can be expensive, and many have long waiting lists. This article highlights seven standout preschools in northern Virginia that offer a lot for the price of tuition. If you are lucky enough to have one of these preschools conveniently located nearby and you’ve moved to the top of their waiting list, count your blessings!
What makes these preschools in northern Virginia standouts? Factors such as student/teacher ratio and accreditation are important, but the most important for this list are the uniqueness of the program and the dedication of the teaching staff to their students in developing well-adjusted children with a good foundation to further develop the skills they will need for the future.
Listed in alphabetical order, here they are:
Arlington Traditional, Arlington
This public school is a magnet preschool. In 2016-17, it ranked first of 23 public elementary schools in Arlington County. Arlington Traditional elementary school ranked first in the State of Virginia and has won numerous awards for excellence and achievement. In statewide performance, it ranked better than 99.7% of all Virginia public elementary schools.
Browne Academy, Alexandria
This well-known private, non-sectarian school offers preschool for children beginning at age three, kindergarten and elementary school through the eighth grade. It has accreditation from the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Browne is also an active member of the local association of 86 area independent schools, the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Virginia Council for Private Education, and is one of the seven founding schools of the Emerging Scholars Program. Despite its notoriety for quality, the school is small. It has a total of just over 200 students and 48 teachers, resulting in an incredible student-teacher ratio of about four. The learning experience involves many activities in a nurturing atmosphere where the students love their teachers as much as the teachers care about them. Students are encouraged to participate. The Browne experience is wonderful for learning. In the summer months, Browne runs a very popular summer camp.
Fairfax Christ Lutheran, Fairfax
Parents and kids alike love this Christian preschool. It is affordable with an emphasis on active learning through play. Their stated mission is to enhance social development for young children ages two through four years in a Christian setting. The teachers are very committed to the school, so staff turnover is unusually low. They are deeply involved in the many and various learning activities designed to help the kids develop strong social skills. The school’s emphasis is on social development and behavior skills to prepare the students for kindergarten and beyond. The student population is diverse and inclusive. The teachers encourage individuality, independence, questions, and creativity. Parents can participate by volunteering to assist in the classroom each month. As an added plus, the school has a before and after school care program until 3 pm for children who are potty trained.
Innovative Preschool Academy – Hopkins House, Herndon
This NAEYC accredited preschool in Herndon has a broad range of programs. You can enroll children as young as 6 weeks old through age 5. One of the most notable preschools in northern Virginia, it has full-day, year-round programs in a warm and educational environment. They foster academic, social, and emotional development. One standout feature of this preschool is its technology lab. It also encourages parental engagement through an active Parent Council and open communication with teachers, the academy principal, and Hopkins House leadership. For the price of enrollment, this preschool delivers.
LePort Montessori School, Aldie
Located off Route 50 in Aldie, LePort Montessori is near the Stone Springs Village Center, and many of their students live in the surrounding neighborhoods—Chantilly, Lenah Mills, Willowsford, Brambleton and Stone Ridge. Their facility is fantastic, with huge windows, direct access to a secure enclosed courtyard for outdoor activities, a greenhouse, and chickens cared for by the elementary students. It sits on ten acres in a lovely farm-school setting, wonderful for the entire family. They have programs for infants as young as 3 months all the way through elementary school. The school seeks to help your child gain what they call “Knowledge for Life”, defined as the essential knowledge, thinking skills and strength of character needed to flourish throughout their lives. They even offer a Mandarin immersion option for preschool and kindergarten age students. It is dual-accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Virginia Council of Private Education.
St. Anthony’s Day School, Alexandria
St. Anthony’s Day School in Alexandria is open to infants and children up through age five years. It is accredited by the NAEYC and is committed to meeting the developmental needs of the children entrusted to its care. Its philosophy differs from other preschool centers in that St. Anthony’s curriculum focuses on providing a well- rounded education that includes age-appropriate classical art, music and movement, Spanish language class, drama and literature, as well as training for social responsibility and respect for God and God’s creatures. Each day’s schedule includes morning and evening prayer time.
St. Francis Creche, Great Falls
St. Francis Creche is an Episcopal preschool located on six beautiful acres of woods, with a new outdoor classroom and open spaces on the grounds of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls. The preschool is available to children age two through five. They maintain a teacher/student ratio of eight to one. As one of the most notable preschools in northern Virginia, the school offers a wonderful, caring environment and educational experiences which facilitate physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive growth. Their curriculum includes literature, art and music to foster communication and problem solving skills, and participation in regular chapel services. The school has a specialized program for introducing children to writing and early literacy fundamentals for kindergarten-bound students. It also has an active and supportive parent organization.
Contact Us for More Information
Contact the staff at Fairfax Christ Lutheran preschool to talk about what they can do for your preschool age child and arrange a visit. They encourage parent participation in the development of their children and hope to get to know all of you.