Beyond Aidan

A highly respected neurodevelopmental psychologist, Dr. Steven Hughes, is fond of saying, “Montessori kids are good at doing things!” 

People who encounter Aidan students frequently remark that there is a distinct difference in their ability to assume responsibility and leadership, communicate well, think insightfully, and be resourceful. These are the hallmarks of a Montessori child.

Aidan is proud of the fact that its graduates are accepted to schools of their choice and transition to traditional classrooms with ease. We have been in Washington for nearly 50 years, serving many local families, and building an excellent reputation. This is due to our extraordinary Montessori program and the commitment of our teachers and staff to Dr. Montessori’s principles.

We hope that every Aidan student completes our comprehensive Montessori curriculum through 6th grade. If a family leaves us before 6th grade, they usually do so after completing the full 3-year cycle of Primary (3 year old - Kindergarten) or Lower Elementary (1st – 3rd grade). Children who complete these cycles already exhibit skill and self-confidence and are frequently admitted to their families’ schools of choice.

Transitioning from a Montessori to a Traditional School

The older the child, the easier the transition. Most Aidan students report that they settled quickly into the routine of regular classrooms and periods. We attribute this to the self-confidence and problem solving skills that Montessori children develop. See our “ Montessori vs Traditional” chart for more information.

Where Aidan Students Have Been Offered Admission
Beauvoir Blessed Sacrament
Edmund Burke Field School
German School Georgetown Day School
Grace Episcopal Green Acres
The Heights Holton-Arms
Holy Trinity Lab School
Landon School Lowell
Maret School McLean School
National Cathedral School Norwood
Queen Anne School Sandy Spring Friends
Sheridan School Sidwell Friends School
St. Alban’s School St. Andrew’s Episcopal School
St. Anselm’s Abbey School St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School
Washington Episcopal Washington International School
Washington Latin Potomac School