Holly Brook Montessori


Holly Brook Montessori School is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational school for children three to six years old. It was co-founded by Scott and Elizabeth Smith in September 1999. Mr. and Mrs. Smith received their teaching certificates from the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Elizabeth Smith’s mother and father, Joyce and Lance Gilbert, cofounded the Montessori School of Cedar Lane in 1971, and Hunter Mill Montessori School in 1990. Holly Brook Montessori School follows in the same rich tradition that Cedar Lane and Hunter Mill have established in Northern Virginia.


Holly Brook Montessori School is located at 2455 Gallows Road in Dunn Loring, Virginia.  We are conveniently located ¾ mile north of the Dunn Loring Metro Station and approximately 2 ½ miles south of Tysons Corner Center. Our school serves families in the Dunn Loring, Vienna, Falls Church, and McLean communities.

Programs and Hours of Operation

Holly Brook Montessori School has three fully equipped Montessori primary classrooms and a large playground to create an environment that will satisfy and stimulate each child’s natural intellectual development. Each class has a trained Montessori teacher and an assistant to guide the children’s learning, model social behavior and nurture the whole development of the child. Additional staff provides further support throughout our Full Day program where children engage in group games, exercise, dramatic play, music, arts and crafts, and creative free play, which are all a part of a busy happy day at our school.

The Montessori School hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Kindergarten hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. The Montessori Extended Day Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and includes the Montessori School. The Montessori Full Day Program hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and includes the Montessori School. The school year runs from September through the first week in June. There is an optional six-week summer camp.

We welcome you to tour Holly Brook Montessori School to experience firsthand the exciting learning environment inspired by Maria Montessori that helps children thrive and reach their greatest potential. Please call 703-573-7800 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: info@cedarlanemontessori.com
  • Goose Creek Montessori: info@goosecreekmontessori.com
  • Hollybrook Montessori: info@hollybrookmontessori.com
  • Hunter Mill Montessori: info@huntermillmontessori.com
  • Hunter Mill South Campus: huntermill.montessori@gmail.com

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