Beyond Aidan

Aidan and the Montessori curriculum prepare students to thrive wherever they go next—and our students go on to succeed at the most prestigious independent middle and high schools in the area.
We understand the importance of this transition and we support our families through each step. Using our knowledge of each student and the regional school landscape, we help guide each family as they determine the school their child will attend following Aidan. Our Head of School plays a central role in offering guidance and advice in the following ways:

6th grade parents meet with the Head of School to learn about available school options, admission dates, SSAT preparation, forms, teacher support, additional resources,

Our Head of School also meets individually with 6th grade parents to discuss an initial list of school choices.

As parents and students begin school visits, they may opt to meet with our Head of School again to discuss revisions to their lists.

After parents and students determine the list of schools to which they will apply, Aidan prepares and sends to those schools a packet that includes teacher recommendations, transcripts, and progress reports.

In January and February, the Head of School meets with the admissions officers in each school to promote Aidan students as candidates for admission. Our graduates have an outstanding record of achievement in the area’s leading independent private and public schools.

Schools that have
Admitted Aidan Students

Blessed Sacrament
Edmund Burke
Field School
German School
Georgetown Day School
Grace Episcopal
Green Acres
The Heights
Holy Trinity
Lab School
Landon School
Maret School
McLean School
National Cathedral School
Potomac School
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
Whittle School and Studios

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.

Stock Up on Aidan Swag!

Swing by the School Store Pop-Up at Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 21 & 22! Browse our collection of purchase shirts, beanies, sweatshirts, bags and more on the School Store website. 

Commencement 2023: The Details

Commencement will take place on Thursday, June 8, at St. Sophia's Greek Orthodox Church. We look forward to celebrating our seven graduates as their Aidan journey comes to a close.