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A Deeply Personalized Montessori Education


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A Deeply Personalized Montessori Education


Northern Virginia's First

Elementary Through Middle School Montessori Education

Located in Reston, Virginia

I have searched across the area for a school that could meet the needs of my gifted yet sensitive child. The family feel and personalized curriculum and structure for my son is perfect. We are so grateful that this school has come to Reston to serve the community.
— Berthold Parent
Berthold Academy cares about the social and emotional development of young learners. Something you just don’t see with the traditional educational model. Mind, body and spirit is infused into learning which includes mindfulness training and self-awareness development skills—something young people benefit from so to become strong, independent, confident and resilient adults. I’m proud to be part of this growing community!
— Berthold Parent
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Our Vision


Our Vision


Montessori Today...

Berthold Academy delivers a high-quality Montessori education to our students while taking a vested interest in each individual to ensure happiness and success in education and life. The "I AM" Learning Model is the basis of our personalized, thoughtful approach to offering each and every student an exceptional education. (Learn more about our model here.)

For too long the state of American education has been stagnant: large classes sizes, a lack of differentiated learning, teachers that don't have time to personalize your child's education or partner with you to strategize about challenges and celebrate successes. The public education model of mass instruction and standardized testing has remained essentially unchanged for years. 

The essence of Montessori is to provide each child with the environment in which they can learn about themselves, take initiative and become independent in their pursuits, encouraging character traits such as Ingenuity, Creativity, and Virtuosity. In Montessori, students remain engaged in their work and progress rapidly, and educators have the deep satisfaction of getting to know students as individuals and guiding them as they grow.

We believe that education should be personalized, interdisciplinary and meaningful to each and every student. An individualized curriculum should challenge each student at his or her own competency level throughout the day. A school can have a multitude of resources and tools available to students; however,  if the student is not engaged in meaningful work, those resources will remain idle.

We challenge your children to take ownership of their own education; to feel empowered to engage new concepts with confidence, competence, and curiosity.  We encourage your child to open the doors to the unlimited realms of what is possible.  Through low teacher-to-student ratios, mindful engagement, and an extensive practical life curriculum, Berthold Academy stands out as the only elementary and secondary Montessori school in the Northern Virginia area.


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The only way you can invent tomorrow is if you break out of the enclosure that the school system has provided for you by the exams written by people who are trained in another generation.
— Neil Degrasse Tyson

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About Our Founder


About Our Founder


Rodney Berthold - Founder/CEO

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Rodney Berthold has been teaching elementary, middle school, and high school students for almost two decades. In addition to acquiring his Masters in Secondary Education at Xavier University, Rodney holds AMS certifications in El I, El II, Sec I, and Sec II. He has also worked as an instructor in Elementary Geometry at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies. He has served on several AMS accreditation onsite visitation teams. Rodney has presented sessions at numerous AMS conferences. Rodney founded Berthold Academy for the Gifted and Talented in 2015.

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Our Staff


Our Staff


This is an amazing school with a staff full of passion for education, our daughter is in 6th grade and we could not be happier. This is a school with daily mindfulness, maker lab, and an organic garden. The location is beautifully secluded with lots of green and a nice playground and hangout areas.
— Berthold Parent

Rodney Berthold - Founder/Middle School Lead Educator

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Ryan Plummer - Director of Admissions

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Jessica Fawcett - Yoga and Peace Educator

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Sze Wong - Technology Discovery Educator

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Jaya Kedar - Lower Elementary Lead Educator

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Ainsley Van Over - Upper Elementary Lead Educator

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Jessica Wallach - Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

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Colleen LaFrance - Learning Differences Assistant Teacher

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Friends of Berthold


Friends of Berthold


Berthold Academy gets by with a little help from our friends! 

 

  Check out Children's House Montessori School, our sister school in Reston. Receive 5% off our tuition if coming from Children's House and younger siblings of Berthold students (Primary aged) will receive 5% off tuition at Children's House Montessori!

 

Check out Children's House Montessori School, our sister school in Reston. Receive 5% off our tuition if coming from Children's House and younger siblings of Berthold students (Primary aged) will receive 5% off tuition at Children's House Montessori!

We love Little Oaks for their research and psychological approach to Montessori!  

We love Little Oaks for their research and psychological approach to Montessori!  


Jessica Fawcett, Berthold's on-staff Yoga Instructor/Peace Educator, has her very own private yoga business!  Click on the picture above to learn all about Soul Wise Yoga.

Jessica Fawcett, Berthold's on-staff Yoga Instructor/Peace Educator, has her very own private yoga business!  Click on the picture above to learn all about Soul Wise Yoga.

Jessica Wallach, our resident photographer, owns her own business as well!  Click on the logo to visit her website!

Jessica Wallach, our resident photographer, owns her own business as well!  Click on the logo to visit her website!


Laurie Young serves organizations and leaders focused on transformative social change. She has consulted on our strategic visioning, online and on-site program definition, including mindfulness, culinary, and personal development. Click on logo to learn more about her services.

Laurie Young serves organizations and leaders focused on transformative social change. She has consulted on our strategic visioning, online and on-site program definition, including mindfulness, culinary, and personal development. Click on logo to learn more about her services.


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Media


Media


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