Welcome to the Montessori School of McLean!

MSM: Authentic Montessori in the 21st Century

We hope you enjoy getting to know our school as you browse our website, and we look forward to sharing our unique program with you.  The Montessori School of McLean (MSM) is a great place to be, full of happy children who are on a fun filled journey, becoming life-long learners. 

The Montessori Method is now over 100 years old.  Does that mean that it is "old"?  Absolutely not!  The Montessori Method has thrived and grown over the years because it is so strong, is being proven by modern neuroscience, and is even more relevant today than it was at the turn of the 20th century.  MSM is unique because we are able to find the balance between an authentic Montessori program and life in the modern world.  We recognize that children live very different lives than they did 100 years ago, and strive to provide them with the skills that they need to succeed in the 21st century.  For example, our students are introduced to technology in Kindergarten, and become proficient with practical technology skills by 6th grade, although technology never replaces use of the Montessori materials.  We view technology as a Practical Life skill for the Elementary aged student.

We believe that children need a wide variety of experiences to help them become well-rounded adults. Their school day provides them with endless opportunities to play, learn, socialize, explore, discover, try and try again, lead, follow, and exercise their minds, bodies, and spirits!


Dr. William Stixrud to Speak at MSM

January 26, 7:00-8:30PM (snow date February 2): "How Montessori education supports the development of executive functioning and cognitive self-regulation"

Please RSVP to the office at 703-790-1049 or reception@mcleanmontessori.org.

Join Dr. Stixrud and MSM Faculty to learn about the ways in which the Montessori Method supports the development of executive functioning and cognitive self-regulation in all children. This talk is relevant to parents of children of all age groups and developmental levels.

William R. Stixrud, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist who has been in private practice since 1985. He is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Children’s National Medical Center, and he holds a faculty appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington School of Medicine. He has previously held an appointment at the Georgetown University Medical School, and he has served as a consultant to the Division of Neuropsychology at the National Institutes of Health.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Stixrud has been extensively involved in the training and supervision of psychologists and learning specialists. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics related to neuropsychological assessment, learning and executive disorders, brain development, brain-based learning, motivation, and the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the brain. He is the author of a book, Plain Talk About Early Education and Development, and he has authored book chapters and/or articles on children with epilepsy, adolescent brain development, self-esteem, homework, and the effects of Transcendental Meditation on students with ADHD. Dr. Stixrud has been quoted often in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Barron’s and Vogue.

Dr. Stixrud holds a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He did his pre-doctoral internship in Pediatric and Clinical Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Boston, as a fellow of the Harvard Medical School, and he received his post-doctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Tufts New England Medical Center. Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Stixrud worked as a staff neuropsychologist at the Children’s National Medical Center and the Georgetown University Medical School.

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William R. Stixrud, Ph.D.