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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.

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.

2014 Primary Summer Camp

on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 12:18

We are pleased to announced our Children's House Summer Camp for the week of June 23-27. Children will receive presentations in all the areas of the Children's House, have prayer time in the Atrium, and have snack and outdoor playtime each day.  It is a great opportunity for continuing their work with the Montessori materials or to introduce them to the work of the Children's House.  We look forward to being able to this additional work time with the children!

View and print our summer camp flyer.


First Holy Communion Day

on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 07:07

Eighteen John XXIII Montessori Center children received their First Holy Communion on Friday, May 9, at the local parish during a special Mass. 

The children had all been prepared for this day through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, including weekly meditations on the True Vine, the Forgiving Father and other parables.

Altar servers were all John XXIII students, two of whom had siblings receiving First Communion.

The beautiful voices of the choir were from our ranks of students and parents as well. 

Elementary students did the readings at the beautiful Mass. 


Liturgy of the Light Celebration

on Fri, 05/02/2014 - 06:56

Each Atrium and classroom celebrated the Liturgy of the Light this past week at John XXIII Montessori Children's Center in Front Royal, Virginia. This simple, beautiful celebration involves preparation of the paschal candle, lighting of the paschal candle, a procession to a prayer table with the candle and other items, an Easter Proclamation, Scripture reading, and the passing of the light, where each child is called by his first and middle names to "receive the light of Christ" and handed his own candle, lit from the paschal candle. 

The prayer table at the end of the Liturgy of the Light

Success with the Three Morning Program

on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 05:10

by Nancy Briggs

The Montessori environment prepares a child to discover who he is and what God’s will is for him, while preparing him to embrace anything he sets his mind to do with confidence.   Such was the general message given by Laura Accettullo at the Parent Workshop on Monday evening, which served as an inspiring introduction to the more practical points concerning at-home parental coordination with the Three Morning program, given by Elementary Directress Eileen Janaro.
Laura encouraged  parents to trust each child’s inner guide, and to recognize God’s plan unfolding in the life