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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.

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

Science Fair Photos

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 08:33

The inaugural Elementary Science Fair at John 23 Center was well attended and very much enjoyed by families and students last week. Here is a glimpse of the projects and experiments that were on display. 


Special thanks to parents John O'Brien, John Janaro, and Nancy Briggs for the great photos. 


A Visit with Sister Mary Michael

on Thu, 02/13/2014 - 20:35

The Elementary class was honored and delighted by a visit last week from Sister Mary Michael Fox, O.P., of the Nashville Dominicans.

The students sat in rapt attention as Sr. Mary Michael spoke to them about being “God out loud” – a witness of His love – to others. Because of their habits and clerics, nuns and priests are an obvious testament to the Faith. Prompted by their attentive visitor, the children chimed in with ways that they, too, can bring Jesus to the world through small kindnesses.

All of the children seemed to sense the very special nature of their visitor, and several stood

John XXIII Students Visit Frontier Cultural Museum

on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 07:49

Many John XXIII Children's Center students, parents and teachers traveled to Staunton, VA on Monday for a school field trip to the Frontier Cultural Museum. 

The first stop on the journey back in history was to an 1820's American farm. The farmhouse at the museum is an original home from that time period, built by German immigrants not far from the museum and reconstructed on the site. The children listened attentively as the guide explained architectural nuances of the time and culture and showed the group how a German-American family would have lived and farmed 200 years ago.


John XXIII Montessori Celebrates Patronal Feast Day

on Thu, 10/17/2013 - 15:40

Many John XXIII Montessori Children's Center families gathered this past Monday for a picnic and cake to celebrate the feast day of the school's patron, Blessed John XXIII. While the picnic was rained out on his actual feast day, October 11, the weather cooperated on the rescheduled date and an enjoyable time was had by all:

"Beatified in June 2000 by his successor, John Paul II, Pope John XXIII’s feast day has been established not on the date of his death, June 3, but rather on October 11, the opening day of the Second Vatican Council.