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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.

Parish Priest Visits John XXIII

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 13:16

John XXIII Montessori staff and children were happy to welcome Fr. Kevin Beres, parochial vicar at nearby St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Front Royal, VA, to the Center today for a visit and demonstration of the priest's vestments. 

Elementary students enjoyed his presentation of the traditional vestments, and were able to ask questions and discuss what they learned. 

We are very grateful to Fr. Beres for taking the time to come visit our Montessori center and for his wonderful rapport with the children. 




John XXIII Montessori Raises $6k+ for Charity

on Mon, 10/05/2015 - 12:17

The students and families of John XXIII Montessori Children's Center worked as a team to raise more than $6,000 for a local charity, the Front Royal Pregnancy Center, during September and early October. They came in second place out of 26 teams vying to raise the most money for a great cause. 

On Oct. 3, the teams all came together at the 2015 Front Royal Walk for Life to walk a mile in celebration of life and their successful collaborative fundraising efforts. 

Despite the cold, rainy day, the Center was well represented at the Walk.

Even the damp and frigid day couldn't dampen the

School Year Opening & Blessing 2015-16

on Wed, 09/23/2015 - 12:24

The new school year is off to a beautiful start in Front Royal, VA with the official blessing and opening of the new campus, a Center-wide picnic celebration, and lovely classroom tours thanks to a very hardworking staff and dedicated families. 

Many hands and much work made for a lovely, welcoming Center on opening day!

Our chaplain, Fr. Francis Peffley, blessed the Center, each room, and the staff and families of our community. 

The children accompanied Father Peffley as he blessed each environment. 

After the blessing, the families enjoyed a picnic lunch, cake, and a juggling

Mt. Vernon: Home of George Washington the Inventor

on Thu, 05/14/2015 - 09:26

The Upper Elementary children from John XXIII made a recent field trip to Mt. Vernon as part of their study of Virginia history. As military commander and president, Washington’s skills are well-know. Lesser known are his skills as landscape designer, farmer, architect, inventor and entrepreneur.  The children enjoyed hearing about how Washington was always thinking about better, more efficient ways to do the work essential to the successful operation of the five working farms on his once 8,000 acre estate on the Potomac River.  

One fascinating structure on the estate is a reconstruction

SlowFoodVastWine Fundraiser April 25

on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:40

A few tickets are still available for our annual gala fundraising event, SlowFoodVastWine, taking place on Saturday, April 25, at Rappahannock Cellars winery in Huntly, VA.

Purchase Event Tickets Here! 

This year's event will be a culinary delight, with food and wine pairings by Chefs Jeff Witte and Jeremy Anderson from Airlie. Curious about their background? You can meet our chefs in a recent SFVW blog post. With a menu featuring veal, quail, shellfish and pastured chicken, not to mention lamb and local pork, along with their requisite greens, crustini, apples and more, there is a plethora