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2010 Washingtonian Guide to Private Schools: Coed Schools
Comments () | Published October 21, 2010

Kiddie Country I Developmental Learning Center
6000 Schoolhouse Woods Rd., Burke, VA; 703-250-6550; ages 2-12; $114-$375 a week; 90 students.

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Mission

Kiddie Country is dedicated to providing appropriate optimum experiences for all the children we serve. By virtue of being a "developmental learning center," Kiddie Country must attend to these five needs of the child: physical development, emotional development, social development, creative development, and intellectual development. Recognizing the importance of the early childhood period, Kiddie Country's program is based on a semi-structured approach to learning, reflecting a balance between play and structured learning activities.

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Kiddie Country II Developmental Learning Center
9601 Old Keene Mill Rd., Burke, VA; 703-644-0066; age 2-12; $114-$375 a week; 180 students.

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Mission

Kiddie Country is dedicated to providing appropriate optimum experiences for all the children we serve. By virtue of being a "developmental learning center," Kiddie Country must attend to these five needs of the child: physical development, emotional development, social development, creative development, and intellectual development. Recognizing the importance of the early childhood period, Kiddie Country's program is based on a semi-structured approach to learning, reflecting a balance between play and structured learning activities.

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KinderCare Learning Center
7136 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria, VA; 703-971-2793; ages 16 months-5 years; $309-$335 a week; 105 students.

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Mission

KinderCare provides a balanced approach to learning, giving you the peace of mind that your child will have fun as they develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually.

Recent Developments
Updated curriculum in the past two years.

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Lake Anne Nursery Kindergarten
12021 N. Shore Dr., Reston, VA; 703-437-0035; preschool-kindergarten; $395-$900 a month; 240 students.

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Mission

LANK is special because we believe in a total approach to early childhood education, which allows each child to grow intellectually, physically, and socially in order to continue to be successful well after they graduate from LANK. To accomplish this mission, LANK staff strives to make learning enjoyable for children by incorporating a "learning through play" philosophy that provides for constructive, directed play corresponding with educational instruction. Our children are encouraged to interact, ask questions, and explore, thereby stimulating their natural curiosity and desire to learn.

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Langley School
1411 Balls Hill Rd., McLean, VA; 703-356-1920; preschool-8th grade; $15,090-$31,960; 479 students.

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Mission

We believe that each child's potential is boundless and every child can act with integrity, generosity, and consideration for others. We reach across multiple disciplines to discover, amplify, and embrace the talents of every child, every day. By nurturing, supporting, and academically challenging our students, our inclusive community builds quietly confident, independent thinkers who flourish as learners and individuals.

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Leesburg Christian School
21336 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg, VA; 703-777-4220; preschool-12th grade; $7,150-$8,450 (discounts available); 150 students.

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Mission

To Prepare Christian young people for a life of service that will bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ, whether it be attending college for further preparation or learning skills that will cause them to succeed in any field.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
Liberty University, Virginia Tech, George Mason University

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Linton Hall School
9535 Linton Hall Rd., Bristow, VA; 703-368-3157; preschool-8th grade; $2,385-$10,000; 245 students.

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Mission

We provide a Catholic education that values the past, honors the family and inspires success. Founded in 1922, Linton Hall School remains true to the 1,500-year-old Benedictine tradition of educating whole person — body, mind, and spirit — promoting development of our students through challenging academics, competitive athletics, creative arts and a deep understanding of the Catholic faith. As a result Linton Hall School consistently graduates students who are prepared for the academic, spiritual and social challenges of high school.

Recent Developments
In 2013, expanded preschool to over 110 students, who are 2 1/2 years old through pre-kindergarten.

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Lola's Place
20685 Fernbank Ct., Sterling, VA; 571-434-7555; ages 8 weeks-3 years; $748 a month-$1869 a month; 45 students.

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Mission

To provide a safe child centered environment, employing the philosophies of Dr. Maria Montessori and Magda Gerber. To provide a warm, secure and rich environment in which curious young children can move freely to develop according to their individual needs. To work in partnership with families to build a community of caregivers who nurture each child and assist them in their development from birth onward.

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Loudoun Country Day School
20600 Red Cedar Dr., Leesburg, VA; 703-777-3841; pre-K to 8th grade; $14,350-$23,650; 323 students.

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Mission

Loudoun Country Day School, an accredited, independent, coeducational school, educates students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. We pride ourselves on our rigorous core curriculum, nurturing environment, and exceptional foreign language, arts, technology and athletic programs. We cultivate the intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative growth of each child and develop a foundation that inspires excellence, builds character, and prepares each child for the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Recent Developments
Students now using laptops at school.

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Massanutten Military Academy
614 S. Main St., Woodstock, VA; 540-459-2167; 7th-12th grade, postgraduate; rolling tuition, call for monthly rate; 96 students.

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Mission

We provide a structured learning environment that produces confident, capable, productive citizens who are prepared for leadership and service.

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Merritt Academy
9211 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA; 703-273-8000; age 6 weeks-8th grade; $18,120-$20,140; 420 students.

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Mission

For more than 50 years, the mission of Rachel O. Merritt Academy, has been to nourish and challenge the intellectual abilities, creative talents, and spiritual growth of children. We fulfill this mission by providing a safe, loving, and faith-centered educational environment. As a Christian-based school we begin each morning with the Lord's Prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance, then before lunch, each class recites a prayer. In the afternoon, we offer a Bible Club. Our teachers use an academically challenging curriculum and also draw from their own expertise and experience to engage children in the adventure of learning. Our students also have the unique opportunity to participate in an enriching intergenerational program with senior residents who reside on the school campus.

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Middleburg Academy (formerly Notre Dame Academy)
35321 Notre Dame La., Middleburg, VA; 540-687-5581; 9th-12th grades; $23,900; 130 students.

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Mission

Middleburg Academy inspires students to excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics. We are a dynamic community of students, faculty and staff, parents, and alumni dedicated to lifelong learning, service to others, spiritual growth, and the success of each student. Our school strives to develop young men and women of moral integrity who will be responsible leaders and citizens in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Recent Developments
New gym interior and locker rooms as of this past year. New Head of School, Colley W. Bell III, started a five-year appointment in 2013.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, William and Mary

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Miller School of Albemarle
1000 Samuel Miller Loop, Charlottesville, VA; 434-823-4805; 8th-12th grade, postgraduate; $36,235 (five-day boarding), $40,480 (seven-day boarding), $49,980 (international), $19,890 (day); 184 students.

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Mission

With a unique emphasis on mind, hands, and heart, Miller School of Albemarle prepares young women and men for success in college and life. Distinguished by a rigorous and supportive program, talented faculty and staff, meaningful leadership opportunities, and small classroom settings, our congenial community builds responsible citizens, insightful thinkers, and compassionate individuals.

Colleges Where the Greatest Number of 2013 Graduates Enrolled
Virginia Tech, Pennsylvania State University, University of Virginia, Boston University

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Montessori Country School
621 Alabama Dr., Herndon, VA; 703-437-8285; ages 2½-6; $7500-$8950; 85-90 students.

Montessori School of Alexandria
6300 Florence La., Alexandria, VA; 703-960-3498; pre-K through 6th grade; $9,100-$11,500; 99 students.

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Mission

To nurture the child's natural love for learning, work, and order through self-discipline, mastering positive attitudes toward learning, and achieving ever increasing levels of independence.

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Montessori School of Cedar Lane
3035 Cedar La., Fairfax, VA; 703-560-4379; ages 3-6; $8,000 (half day), $14,470 (full day); 100 students.

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Mission

At Montessori School of Cedar Lane, Holly Brook Montessori and Hunter Mill Montessori, learning is based on the principles of education discovered and promoted by Dr. Maria Montessori. Dr. Montessori was the first to discover and acknowledge the need for early education. Her discoveries have been verified by current educational research as well as over 100 years of successful implementation in schools around the world.

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Montessori School of Holmes Run
3527 Gallows Rd., Falls Church, VA; 703-573-4652; age 6-age 14; $11,316-$14,591; 40 students.

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Mission

At the Montessori School of Holmes Run, we have created environments rich in materials and broad in curriculum. Our classrooms are led by certified Montessori teachers, whose goal is to help each child achieve his or her own potential. In keeping with the ideas of Dr. Montessori, our developmental approach allows each child to learn at his or her own pace. The wide variety of cognitive materials and a prepared environment foster learning in all areas, and with multi-age classrooms, children at various stages of development can learn from and with each other. We are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child.

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Montessori School of Northern Virginia Valleybrook Campus
3433 Rose Lane, Falls Church, VA; 703-992-0255; ages 2-12; $9,650-$12,600; 89 students.

Montessori School of Holmes Run Children's House
3335 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, VA; 703-573-7599; ages 2.5-6; $9,445-$12,876; 50 students.

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Mission

At the Montessori School of Holmes Run, we have created environments rich in materials and broad in curriculum. Our classrooms are led by certified Montessori teachers, whose goal is to help each child achieve his or her own potential. In keeping with the ideas of Dr. Montessori, our developmental approach allows each child to learn at his or her own pace. The wide variety of cognitive materials and a prepared environment foster learning in all areas, and with multi-age classrooms, children at various stages of development can learn from and with each other. We are dedicated to providing a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment for your child.

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Montessori School of Northern Virginia
6820 Pacific La., Annandale, VA; 703-256-9577; ages 2-12; $11,845-$14,266; 146 students.

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Mission

Our mission is to inspire and guide children to love learning, to love one another, and to love the world around them.

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Montessori School of Oakton
12113 Vale Rd., Oakton, VA; 703-715-0611; pre-K-6th grade; $9,500-$12,000; 100 students.

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Mission

The mission of the Montessori School of Oakton (MSO) is to provide an enriched educational environment, based upon Montessori principles, that will guide, nurture and stimulate the fullest development of each individual child.

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