Sensing the need for Montessori elementary education in the McLean area during the early 1970's, Joan Marie Parasine, former headmistress, started a class for elementary students adhering to the curriculum developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Soon thereafter, the close of a nearby Montessori school necessitated adding a primary (preschool) class to the program. In 1973, the Montessori School of McLean opened with one primary and one elementary class. Since that time, four more primary classes have been added, the elementary class has been expanded to include the upper elementary level in addition to the lower elementary classes (first through sixth grade), and the toddler level for two year olds. Enrichment classes were added to the program throughout the years and now include Art, Spanish, Music, Drama, Chorus, Library, Science Lab, Technology Lab, and Physical Education. (The Enrichment program changes from time to time and some programs are limited to the elementary level.) Now, after 42 wonderful years, the facilities have expanded to include a multi-purpose room (gymnasium, stage, gathering space), science and computer labs, upgraded playground space, and expanded classroom sizes.
Even though our school has grown, we have a small school feel with a close community, and we are able to make sure that we meet the needs of each individual child, cultivating each child's unique ability to flourish in mind, body, and spirit!
The Co-Heads of School are Meredith Le Grand (Academic Head) and Thomas Le Grand (Business Head), and Ms. Parasine, the school's founder, is still a vital member of the MSM community.