Montessori School of Cedar Lane

History of School

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational school for children three to six years old. It was co-founded by Joyce and Lance Gilbert in 1971. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert were trained by Miss Margaret Stevenson of the Washington Montessori Institute. Miss Stephenson was a close friend, associate and former student of Maria Montessori. Our current director, Paula McAuliffe, received her training at the London Montessori Institute and was the director of our sister school, Hunter Mill Montessori School, for 10 years.


Montessori School of Cedar Lane is located at 3035 Cedar Lane in Fairfax, Virginia. We are conveniently located off Route 50 near the beltway and approximately 1.5 miles from the Vienna and Dunn Loring Metro Stations. Our school serves families in the Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church and Annandale communities. Through the years, our school has flourished with a rich tradition and stable staffing so that it has served as a model environment for many observers over the years. In addition, our school has been selected by the Association Montessori Internationale and American Montessori Society to help train future teachers.

Programs and Hours of Operation

Montessori School of Cedar Lane has four fully-equipped Montessori Primary classrooms, a large, shaded playground and several All-Day activity rooms to create an environment that will satisfy and stimulate each child’s natural intellectual development. All children enrolled at Montessori School of Cedar Lane participate in the Montessori Educational program.

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane offers a Half Day program (9 a.m. to noon), an Extended Day program from  7:30am-4:30pm, and a Full Day Program anytime from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The school year runs from September to the first week in June. An optional summer program is offered each summer.

We welcome you to tour Montessori School of Cedar Lane to experience firsthand the exciting learning environment inspired by Maria Montessori that helps children thrive and reach their greatest potential. Please call 703-560-4379 for more information about tours.


At this time our Schedule a Tour form is down. For immediate assistance please use the email addresses below:

  • Cedar Lane Montessori:
  • Goose Creek Montessori:
  • Hollybrook Montessori:
  • Hunter Mill Montessori:
  • Hunter Mill South Campus:

When it came to choosing a preschool for my grandson, we could think of no more perfect place than the sylvan setting of Hunter Mill Montessori. At Hunter MIll Montessori, parents and grandparents alike can see students expand their horizons as they learn academics, social skills and independence. We couldn't be more pleased!

Pier Stock McGrath

Our family chose HMMS not only because it was recommended by all of our neighbors (and we have a lots of them) but once you step into the school, you can feel the warmth of the school community and its teachers. Our three sons attended HMMS and have far exceeded our expectations, socially, and educationally. 

The Woltz Family

Both of our kids went through the full program including Kindergarten and we could not have been happier with it. The kids loved school and Mrs. Cook and the rest of the teaching staff were engaged, responsive, and so clearly cared about all the kids. 

We chose [the school] nearly decade ago after touring many other local schools. We found its student/teacher ratio, cleanliness and educational program to be the best fit for our three children. As a working parent, I wanted a place where my child safe and cared for, while learning in an environment that met each of their different needs. 

Holly Brook Montessori School was an incredible experience for our son. He is ahead in math in elementary school, has great social skills, and is very respectful to his teachers. I give all of this credit to HB for helping to make him a well-rounded individual. Can't wait for our second to attend.

We were part of the Holly Brook family for 6 years. Our boys learned so many useful skills from math, reading, independence, and public speaking that set them up for success. One of the reasons we picked the school was due to how well they welcome international families and how open they are to learn about other cultures and traditions and incorporate them into their curriculum. We highly recommend this preschool, you will not regret it. - Sara