Holly Brook Montessori

About Cedar Lane

History of School

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational school for children three to six years old. It was co-founded by Joyce and Lance Gilbert in 1971. Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert were trained by Miss Margaret Stevenson of the Washington Montessori Institute. Miss Stephenson was a close friend, associate and former student of Maria Montessori. Our current director, Paula McAuliffe, received her training at the London Montessori Institute and was the director of our sister school, Hunter Mill Montessori School, for 10 years.


Montessori School of Cedar Lane is located at 3035 Cedar Lane in Fairfax, Virginia. We are conveniently located off Route 50 near the beltway and approximately 1.5 miles from the Vienna and Dunn Loring Metro Stations. Our school serves families in the Fairfax, Vienna, Falls Church and Annandale communities. Through the years, our school has flourished with a rich tradition and stable staffing so that it has served as a model environment for many observers over the years. In addition, our school has been selected by the Association Montessori Internationale and American Montessori Society to help train future teachers.

Programs and Hours of Operation

Montessori School of Cedar Lane has four fully-equipped Montessori Primary classrooms, a large, shaded playground and several All-Day activity rooms to create an environment that will satisfy and stimulate each child’s natural intellectual development. All children enrolled at Montessori School of Cedar Lane participate in the Montessori Educational program.

The Montessori School of Cedar Lane offers a Half Day program (9 a.m. to noon), an Extended Day program from  8:00am-4:30pm, and a Full Day Program anytime from 8:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. The school year runs from September to the first week in June. An optional summer program is offered each summer.

We welcome you to tour Montessori School of Cedar Lane to experience firsthand the exciting learning environment inspired by Maria Montessori that helps children thrive and reach their greatest potential. Please call 703-560-4379 for more information about tours.