Head of School’s Message

Dear Parents,

As the Earth continues to circle the sun, Montessori education continues to grow and develop. We see the products of Montessori education throughout our society. From the founders of Google to the future king of England, Montessori is enjoying a phenomenal surge around the world. However, at THE SPRINGS, we have been providing authentic Montessori education since 1966, one of the longest opened Montessori schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia. For 50 years we have been serving the children of our community and will continue to do so for the next 50 years and beyond.

Montessori education is a very natural way for a child to learn. More often than not, parents will come to me and say that they would like their child to have a leg up when their child leaves our program. To an extent, that is absolutely a by-product of early Montessori education. Your child will be ahead in life, but not necessarily in the way you may think. At THE SPRINGS, academics are a major component of our curriculum, but it is neither the end nor the beginning of the child’s education.  We strive to cultivate the whole and best human being in each child.  This starts with our focus on Peace Education or what has been more recently termed Mindfulness. Each child is taught to embrace the world around them and to find inner and outer calmness. With calmness leads to harmony and a better environment in which children learn. The children will naturally follow their own path, with guidance from our teachers, in the areas of Mathematics, Language Arts, Geography, Science, Practical Life, Sensorial, and Art. Our goal is to instill confidence and independence in each child that enters our program. We strive to go above and beyond for each child and are willing to do what it takes to make each child a life-long learner and help children establish a love of school.

I invite all families who want the best possible start for their child to come visit us and spend some time in our classrooms to get to know our school community. I am happy to sit down with any parent and answer any questions you may have. I wish each and every one you all the best.



Daniel Clifford
Head of School