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Welcome to John XXIII Montessori Children’s Center

“Help us, O God, to enter into the secret of childhood, so that we may know, love and serve the child ..."  – Dr. Maria Montessori
Founded in 2003, John XXIII Montessori Center in Front Royal, VA offers multiple programs and sessions for children ages 18 months to 12 years. We facilitate the intellectual and personal growth of the child while fostering a deeper relationship with the Good Shepherd through our:
  • Three-morning academic program for children ages 3-12, Tuesday -Thursday.
  • Full-day options for students ages 5-12 on those same days.
  • Once-a-week Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Atrium program for toddlers through age 12. 
We invite you to learn more about our philosophy of education, vibrant Children’s Center and program offerings by exploring our website and scheduling a visit to meet our staff, children and families who grow and learn as a community.

Open House March 8

on Tue, 02/24/2015 - 14:16

Please join us for an open house on Sunday, March 8! 

New families as well as those interested in switching programs are welcome to attend the open house and learn more about our Atrium sessions and our popular three-day Academics + Atrium program. Please view and print the flyer here.

The 23 Players Presents

on Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:48

The Elementary class has been working hard on memorizing lines, practising scenes and assembling backdrops in preparation for their inaugral production. 

The Players will perform "A Misummer Night's Dream," written by William Shakespeare and directed by Kieran O'Donnell, on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at the Center in Front Royal. Are all welcome to attend! 

Location: John XXIII Children’s Center (1326 Progress Drive, Front Royal)
Time: Doors Open 6pm; Start time: 6:30 p.m.
Cost:    $5 –child (2 and under free)
            $8 – adult
          $25 – family   
Ticket price includes 2 treats

International Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

on Sun, 10/12/2014 - 07:23

Laura Accettullo travelled to Phoenix this past week to joyfully gather with 600 other Catechists of the Good Shepherd, including Missionaries of Charity, Nashville Dominicans, priests, seminarians, lay people and religious from around the world.  (Sister Mary Michael, O.P., who visited us last spring as part of her research for  her doctoral dissertation on CGS pedagogy, and Sister Mary Rose, who co-led our CGS Level I course this past July, sent their greetings and prayers for the John XXIIIMCC children and community!)  

Pictured left to right:  Augusta Poluzzi (Sofia Cavaletti's friend

Music Festival

on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:34

Cottonwood Ranch Music Festival Oct. 12

Join our local John XXIII families for fun-filled evening featuring local musical talents such as Red Echo, Low Water Bridge, and Front Royal’s own Marie Miller!
When:  Sunday, October 12, 2014    4:00-8:30  p.m.
Where:  The Barn at Cottonwood Ranch   135 Morrison Lane
(Across from Christendom College in Front Royal, VA)
$10 per person
$30 per family
(12 and under free! Children under 18 inculded in the family rate.)
  • Lawn chair or blanket
  • A picnic and beverage of your choice
  • Family, friends and a joyful

Laura Accettullo Named CGS Level I Formation Leader

on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 07:44

After a four year process of discernment, prayer and training, Laura Accettullo has just received notice from the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd  of her acceptance as a CGS Level I Formation Leader.  

Requirements that Laura has had to meet for becoming a CGS Formation Leader include holding certificates at all three levels of the Catechesis, several years’ experience with children in the Atrium, a completed album of lessons, as well as participation in two National Formation Leader courses.