School Details

McDonald Montessori

4200 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 423-1800

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-3 56 students 8 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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About this school

McDonald Montessori is a private elementary school in Norfolk. 56 students attend McDonald Montessori and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at McDonald Montessori is 8:1. Trinity Lutheran Church School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% %
Black, non-Hispanic 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 11% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I couldn't be happier with McDonald Montessori. My daughter adores this school and so do we. The Montessori method of teaching is new to us it being mixed age classes and child centered real emphasis on practical life learning courtesy and community. My daughter is engaged loves to learn and has terrific friends. This environment is very different from schools that teaches to test and foster competition and uses standardized methods; this is not that school. Kids are given individual attention and guided curriculum that fits the child's pace cultivating children's natural curiosities. AMAZING program. AMAZING teachers.

  • (10 months ago)

    I have been teaching Montessori for 30 years. My favorite aspect of the Montessori approach is three year cycle. I love watching the growth and development of the children over a three year period. Watching a beginner reader become a fluent strong reader or a shy child become outgoing and comfortable speaking and performing in front of others is very exciting and rewarding.

  • (10 months ago)

    Having worked at other Montessori Schools I have always adored my job! The children are so amazing adorable and receptive here at McDonald Montessori School. It's uncanny how much culture our kids have at such young ages and it's such a wonderful feeling when you live through their eyes. Seeing suddenly that "ah-ha" moment when you have taught them so many things and that they love learning what has been presented to them...sucking it up like a sponge and with such a desire to learn! We have an amazing group of children of different ages that always look out for each other and their teachers too. It's like one great big caring family. Thank you for entrusting us with the growth of your means the world and it takes a village.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son just completed 3 years of Children's House. Children's house lays the foundation for learning which at times I had to just trust his teacher and the process...and what an amazing transformation from the little boy that started to the boy today. The care and attention to each child coupled with experience knowledge and good nature of his teacher made this a place of joy in learning for my son. We are a military family and I will say that the continuity of teachers and students added an additional level of stability to my sons ever changing life!

  • (11 months ago)

    I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have taken the time to write a review of McDonald Montessori School. I am so appreciative of and moved by your kind comments. I am lucky enough to spend everyday doing what i love. I have surrounded myself with phenomenal teachers and staff to boot. Thank you for entrusting us with your beautiful children! ~Ellen McDonald

  • (11 months ago)

    We cannot say enough about how wonderful our experience of McDonald Montessori has been. We sent both of our children to McDonald Montessori. Due to house moves for one of them it was his second Montessori school. For the younger child it was her third Montessori school. Our children have had a fantastic educational and developmental experience here. They transitioned to public school very well and their reading math and writing skills were ahead of their public school peers when they did so. The small size of the school means that they can truly attend to each individual child and can be innovative in their programming each year. The teachers and staff are wonderful and the parents are a great community. I highly recommend this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter attended McDonald Montessori and transitioned beautifully to public school this past year. My son is going into his second year in the Lower Elementary class. In my opinion this school is doing it right! Independent thinking/working curiosity and love of learning are emphasized and nurtured. Children are encourage to explore question and reach their individual potential in all subject areas. The teachers are loving and kind and understand that children are whole individuals each with different strengths gifts and areas of weakness. The learning environment that McDonald Montessori has created is top notch!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a wonderful school for young children. My son practically runs into the front door every morning. The children learn in a way that makes developmental sense. Indeed the explosion in academics does happen at the end of the second year. My four-year-old is reading and excited about math science social studies. I love the community atmosphere of the school and I also love that the children develop independence - there's no requirement that the parents be constantly in the classroom.

  • (1 year ago)

    We could not be more pleased with our experience at McDonald Montessori! The teachers & staff are so caring & helpful. My son is incredibly strong willed & at his last school was labled as the problem child. It has been so great to see him in an enviroment where not only is he not considered a problem but he is thriving & happily learning. He loves going to school & can't wait to start extended days in the fall.

  • (1 year ago)

    After researching other similar schools in the area we chose McDonald Montessori because we just got a better vibe when we visited the school. And we are so glad we did! Our daughter attended the school for 2 years (just turned 4 to just 6) and we are so sad we just moved out of the area. In those 2 years our daughter's confidence grew by leaps and bounds. Her reading is now well above her grade level as well as her math. We feel that this is all thanks to the wonderful teachers (for our daughter mostly Ms. Ellen) and the Montessori program. We have loved our time at the school. All of the staff is so friendly and involved with all of the students. The staff knows what's happening at home (parent is deployed grandparents are visiting etc.) and we have loved that personal approach. As parents we were continually impressed with the 'work' that our daughter brought home every week from writing in cursive to division multiplication and telling time. We are confident enough in our daughter's abilities to send her into first grade in a foreign country in a foreign language. Even our daughter feels that she can handle it without a problem. We highly recommend McDonald Montessori!

  • (1 year ago)

    Both of our daughters attended McDonald Montessori. We strongly feel that the school gave our daughters the foundation they needed to succeed both academically and socially in a traditional classroom setting. We also feel that the teachers at McDonald Montessori installed in our daughters a passion for learning that will last them a lifetime.

  • (1 year ago)

    McDonald Montessori has been an amazing school for all my children. Each of them is different but they all received the gift all parents want for their children the knowledge and understanding of how to work and succeed with their gifts and challenges. They were able to explore as far as their curiosity and interest took them. They were able to move around-no small thing when you think of the demands in most school settings to "stay in your seat!" Neither of the children who completed both Childrens House and Lower Elementary had any trouble transitioning to either public or private school except to say they were ahead in many areas. McDonald Montessori is the best foundation you could your child!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have had 2 children each do 3 years at McDonald Montessori and could not have asked for a better experience. Each of my kids thrived in different ways at McDonald Montessori. My son had a thirst for knowledge that was fed by the chance to advance to new tasks. I feel that if he were in a more traditional preschool he would have ended up finding ways to make mischief. Instead he developed a passion for learning that I can still see in his approach to work years later. My daughter has been described as "fiercely independent". I could see this trait as a disaster in a classroom setting but her teacher truly understood her and knew how to present tasks and challenges to her in a way that used this quality as a strength. I do not know many other teachers or schools that have this ability to bring out the best in a child. I love the small size of this school and the accessibility of the school director and the teachers. We loved the community and found it a very loving and stimulating place to spend 5 years.

  • (1 year ago)

    Both my children attend this school. My daughter has completed 3rd grade and my son has finished kindergarten. I love this school not only because my children have flourished here but because the teachers care for and nurture my children. My children love going to school and are always learning. I highly suggest that if you are thinking of sending you children here observe one day and you will see children working really working. The bonds that my children have formed with their teachers are incredible. My children are dilligent caring and interested in their environment. I have Karen Rhodi and Anne Stackhouse to thank for that. Thanks to McDonald Montessori I have children who have a solid foundation for further education.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son loves this school!!! He just finished his third year and will be entering first grade (his fourth year at the school) in the fall. His reading interpretation math geography and social skills are way above his grade level. He loves learning and we feel as parents that it is because of the nature of McDonald Montessori. We put him in school at three years old because he was obstinate and difficult to teach at home. We feel as his parents that he would be classified as a behavior problem overlooked and undereducated if he was in a public school. The loving nurturing Montessori environment provided at McDonald Montessori has allowed him to feel comfortable with himself and he has developed into a well adjusted socially aware kind caring hard working and intellectual child. We are so pleased at the small class sizes and the supervised independence that the school offers. I should also mention that McDonald Montessori is very reasonable priced. The quality of the teachers at the school surpassed our expectations as well. We love this school!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Probably the best school in the area. You can tell that the teachers really care about their students. My child was classified as having a behavioral problem by his previous two schools. Within 6 months he was improving not only in the classroom but his all around well being. The Montessori classroom and the patience and understanding these teachers provide are an ideal environment for any child in my opinion. Thank you Ellen McDonald!

  • (1 year ago)

    We love McDonald Montessori. Our daughter just finished her third year in the Children's House (ages 3-6) and she had a wonderful experience. Her teachers were top notch and the quality of education was amazing. The Montessori principals are highly effective at this age and our daughter is reading and doing math way above her grade level due to the hands on child centered approach to learning. Most importantly she LOVES school and her teachers and at this age I think that is as important as the end-of-year outcomes. Go visit this school sit in a classroom and observe and you will be amazed that education can be this great!

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school! Our daughter is just finishing up her second year and loves it here. Her reading and math skills are well above grade level and she is self motivated and a disciplined learner. The Montessori program here is very traditional and is quite effective. Class sizes are small (about 7 1 ratio) and the staff are closely involved with all the kids and talk regularly with the parents to keep us informed about how our children are progressing. The facilities are relatively new very clean and well kept (small but it's a small school). School hours and the yearly schedule are mostly consistent with the rest of the schools in the area (normal full day is 8 30-3 00 with child care available after school). Overall an excellent place to send young children not just to learn but to learn to love learning. I must also add that the tuition rates are comprable to or less than the tuition rates at moast other similar schools in the area. We strongly recommend this school to all of our friends.

  • (5 years ago)

    We love this school! This is my daughter's second year here. She started as a first grader transferring from public school with no prior Montessori schooling. We were not sure how well she would make the transistion. With the help of her lead teacher and the asst. she had no problems. She is thriving academically and socially. If you were to ask my daughter what she likes best about McDonald Montessori School she would reply 'Everything!' We have found the administration teachers and other families to be friendly accomodating and very interested in the well being of all of the children. We highly recommend this school for anyone looking for a Montessori school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children and I have absolutely LOVE McDonald Montessori. I have nothing but praise for the teachers and staff. My children have been treated with caring love and courtesy. I find the staff wonderful when guiding the children to work through problems helping them to grow and learn not just academically but to also care for each other and the world. The individual attention given to each child's needs is amazing. The classroom environment nurtures each child's specific love of learning and desire to discover the world. Children are guided into learning and not force fed giving them the satisfaction of a job done on their own. My children are excited to go to school everyday. The facility creates an intimate setting where older children and younger children can interact and help one another creating friendships that could not happen at a larger school. McDonald Montessori is FABULOUS!!!!

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