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Unlocking Curiosity and Exploring Your Child Full Potential


Our Programs

Curriculum Focused on Hands-on Learning

Chesterbrook Montessori School conducts half-day and full-day programs. Children attend school four (toddler program) or five (primary program) days a week to ensure consistency and continuity. Your child's regular attendance is expected, since this supports the success of his/her school experience.

Toddler Program

Engaging and Encouraging from the Beginning

The toddler classroom is a caring and respectful community. Children gain self-care skills through developmental of their senses and concentration. The child is able to work indepedently with the materials and is free to explore and move about the room.

Primary Program

Fostering the Love of Learning 

The primary program is a carefully prepared, child-sized classroom in which a young child can direct their own activity, building confidence and social skills. The essential fundamentals developed through the practical life activities will form the basis for any further learnings your child grows. 


Chesterbrook Montessori School serves Arlington Virginia and surrounding communities. Our director, Judy Balcazar Mercill opened the school in September 1971 with twenty-six students in Memorial Baptist Church on North Glebe Road. In 2008, it became apparent that space was limited and Chesterbrook added a second campus at Arlington Forest United Methodist Church, on Arlington Boulevard. We opened an additional Primary classroom and a Toddler classroom at this campus. Chesterbrook presently provides Montessori education for ninety students, ages eighteen months through six years.


Our Mission

The mission of the Chesterbrook Montessori School is to provide an enriched educational environment, based upon Montessori principles, that will guide, nurture and stimulate the fullest development of each individual child. This will build a foundation for life-long learning.​


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