|The new addition at the Montessori School of Northern Virginia.|
The improvements include a new large multipurpose room that can be used for art, music, extended after-school care, and gatherings; renovated bathrooms in each classroom; a new storage area for band instruments; a new kitchen, conference room, and basement storage area; “solar tubes” to bring natural light into each classroom; and a backyard deck.
|Desks in MSNV classrooms are spread around the room.|
The school serves about 244 students, age 2-12, on two campuses. In 2010, MSNV had an opportunity to acquire a building in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County that used to house the Valleybrook Preschool. MSNV uses that building for children age 2-5.
|MSNV students entertain guests with songs during the dedication ceremony.|
Classes have a mix of ages. One classroom, for example, has students age 6-9, and students stay with the same teacher for three years. Each class has about 20 students and two teachers. There are flexible workspaces, rather than a regimented row of desks.