The blended Montessori program at Skipwith Academy is based on the Montessori principles of independent learning in a natural, calm setting. The program places emphasis on asking questions, learning with others, and understanding the “why” behind the concepts they’re learning.

The Montessori method was developed by Dr. Maria Montessori with the view that children are naturally eager for knowledge and can reach their potential in a thoughtful and supportive environment. The blended curriculum was developed for Skipwith Academy to combine the benefits of both Montessori and traditional learning.

Montessori Principles

  • Freedom of choice with responsibility
  • Foster independence and self-motivation
  • Developing character and positive self-image
  • Teachers offers personalized attention to facilitate learning
  • Indoor/outdoor classroom for a natural setting, including a garden to grow vegetables
  • Respect for all life and diversity

Specialized tools and toys help guide Montessori students to learn on their own and with each other. It’s natural for kids to learn as they play.

Montessori students learn to eat family style meals, which encourages respect, sharing, and conversation

We focus on developing a sense of community and have raised over $80,000 for Imman Amman to help bring clean water resources to villages in Niger.

Stepping Stones Montessori

is designed for children AGES 2-3 to start introducing basic skills and develop a sense of self. Children learn to take care of themselves and their environment, clean up their play area, use all their senses to learn about things they find interesting, and share family style meals with their classmates. The Stepping Stones Montessori program sets the foundation for a curious mindset and self-directed learning.

Skipwith Montessori

caters to 3-5 year olds to build on their curiosity and confidence as they become familiar with the world around them. The classroom is thought of as a learning laboratory where mixed aged groups of kids interact and teach each other, with the assistance of a trained teacher. The environment is thoughtful and casual to create a natural setting to explore. Children are encouraged to infuse their personality into their education, which is self-initiated and self-directed. They develop skills in building friendships, working well with others, and a foundation in traditional subjects (math, science, culture) through sensory learning.

Montessori Kindergarten 

Our teaching approach assists in a smooth transition along the students’ academic path to elementary school because the Montessori Kindergarten curriculum is directly correlated with the Virginia Standards of Learning. The Phonological Awareness Screening (PALS-K) is administered twice per year in Fall and Spring. The Test of Early Mathematics (TEMA) is administered in the Spring along with quarterly assessments that allow the teacher to gain a full picture of the students’ growth and progression cognitively and socially. Due to such intentional and thoughtful teaching practices the students tend to meet and exceed benchmarks and are fully prepared to begin their formal education eager, curious, and with a love of learning.