Academy of Thought and Industry - Chantilly

Academy of Thought and Industry - Chantilly


Is your teen playing a passive role in their own education?🥱ATI may be the answer you're looking for! 👀
Our ATI Middle School students are doing a soft launch of their Montessori Cafe tomorrow morning! Feel free to drop by their table at arrival (8-9 am) for coffee and/or baked goods. They will be traveling to New York this Spring to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations conference and this cafe initiative is one way they’re raising their half of the money needed for travel.

Academy of Thought and Industry - Aldie

A new Montessori-inspired Middle School in Chantilly. Now enrolling for grades 6-8.

The ATI program was founded as a program designed to apply Montessori developmental and pedagogical principles to today's adolescents. Our programming is designed to connect students with the history of human thought and achievement, and to do so in a way that is personal and empowering. ATI blends the rigor of human arts and sciences with a creative, entrepreneurial spirit.

Operating as usual


Happy New Year!! 🎆

How To Be A Person - Shane Koyczan - Lyrics/words (spoken word) 12/31/2022

How To Be A Person - Shane Koyczan - Lyrics/words (spoken word)

As we enter into a new year, 🎆 we reflect on how important it is to remind ourselves of what is important in our lives as educators, learners, and parents. Today, we share this spoken word poem by Shane Koyczan, "How to Be a Person." Please share your thoughts in the comments section below ⬇️.

How To Be A Person - Shane Koyczan - Lyrics/words (spoken word) The magnificent how to be a person by Shane KoyczanThis took ages so i hope it's right. Enjoy


The Academy of Thought and Industry's parent company is Higher Ground Education.

We are building the schools of the future.

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❤️ ATI is making a difference, one student at a time. ❤️


Due to the predicted hazardous weather conditions for tomorrow morning, there will be a two hour delay. We will open at 10 AM (no Before Care). We will continue to keep a watchful eye for updated weather reports. Please monitor your emails for immediate news from us should circumstances shift.

We will be monitoring the forecast closely and will announce a closure, if necessary, by 8:00 am.

Wishing everyone safe travels. Stay warm and drive carefully!

Photos from Academy of Thought and Industry - Chantilly's post 12/14/2022

This week at ATI Chantilly, Language Arts students began reading the book "Chains" by Laurie Halse Anderson. Students identified the meaning or the purpose of a primary source that was written in the novel. In History, students continued to look at the American Revolutionary war by starting to form their own timeline of the American Revolutionary War.

In science, we reviewed what we now know about how air particles act and revised our initial consensus model, which led us to learn more about what makes up the air. We then conducted an investigation to determine where the water in the air comes from by measuring the humidity in the air over samples of different Earth surfaces.

In math, students participated in a practice day to get their mathematic minds back in gear, then started working on the second half of their current math unit.

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The holidays can be accompanied by anxiety and regret, so it is especially important, this time of year, to remember how much power gratitude has. At ATI Virtual School last week, in the morning meeting, one of our students brought the mindfulness practice of writing a thank you letter to someone you were grateful for. This simple 5-minute practice started our day with thoughts of fullness and joy.

In this vein, we want to share how grateful we are for our students, who constantly bring us fabulous ideas like this. Without our students, no one at ATI would be here, and quite frankly, none of us would want to be here without the light, inspiration, and joy our students bring to us every day. If you ever doubt it, please know how deeply grateful we are for your child showing up each day and sharing themselves just the way they are. They are beautiful, they are brilliant, and they are the future!

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What does it mean to have a growth mindset? You thrive on challenges and don't see failure as a way to describe yourself but as a springboard for growth and developing your abilities. Your intelligence and talents grow with each difficulty you encounter.


“Everything you can imagine is real.” —Pablo Picasso

Chantilly middle schoolers are learning about crafting change (craftivism).

Photos from Academy of Thought and Industry - Chantilly's post 11/03/2022

This week, school leaders met for an important live gathering of professional growth, learning, and connection. The event, which we call "Thrive," focused on skill-building and how to create a culture of excellence in our schools.


Don’t miss our next night time Fall Admissions Open House, open to the community on November 15th. Hope to see you!

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Join us for our Fall Festival and Open House!

Families are welcome to drop in any time between 11 am - 1 pm for Fall Festivities! Kids feel free to wear your Halloween costume!

If you are new to our location, you can learn more about our programs for toddlers, preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students! Feel free to bring a friend with interest in our community!

Address: 4550 Walney Rd, Chantilly, VA
Admissions: (571) 321-0364
Email: [email protected]

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Micro-economy work is a hallmark of ATI's Montessori-inspired adolescent program.

Dr. Montessori imagined adolescents working together to create a small business that served the needs of the educational community. We believe this is important because our students:

🌈Serve as a necessary and valued member of the community
🛠️See the impact of knowledge and skill gains on practical work
💪Gain confidence in their ability to survive and thrive in the real world

Many of our middle school communities work together on campus-wide businesses, including bookshops, coffee shops, small campus farms, and selling handmade products online and at local craft fairs.

Our students start small businesses supported by coursework and individual mentorship around crafting a business plan, making a website, professional networking, and more.

Looking for a middle or high school that teaches your teen these skills?

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ATI classes are 🔎 intentionally small.


We believe that is the best way to give students the personalized attention – through our unique teaching and coaching structure – that they need to grow and explore.

In a small school community, our students learn and practice self-governance, interdependence, and conflict resolution, gaining a sense of ownership and pride for the community around them.

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ATI's Montessori-inspired adolescent education is for all kinds of students:

🚀 High-achieving students who are looking for an intellectually-challenging school
🎓 College-bound students looking to get into competitive institutions
💎 Ambitious teens looking for a small, private school and a more personalized learning environment
🏡 Homeschooled or virtual school students looking for more opportunities to socialize with other online students
🤝 Students who are looking for a supportive and accepting community
⭐ Advanced students looking for a Montessori-inspired middle and high school
🌈 Gifted and Talented students looking for an alternative to public high school
🏅 Student athletes and performers who have busy schedules
⏰ Students who need a more flexibility

With rolling admissions, anytime is a great time to start.
Tour a school today!

A parent’s view on virtual high school 10/17/2022

A parent’s view on virtual high school

"Life skills…happiness…academics…voice. Like four levers on an equalizer. Over the years, that is how I have described the way we parents move into the world, seeking a just-right-fit school for our children. No two families are alike."

An ATI parent reflects on her family’s experience at ATI as her son starts college.

A parent’s view on virtual high school A virtual school parent reflects on her family’s experience at ATI as her son starts college.

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Today, we celebrate World Teachers' Day by recognizing our fantastic guides 🧭!

A Montessori teacher, or guide, is a facilitator who journeys alongside students in the process of learning and self-construction and guides them toward their innate human potential.

We'd love to hear what you like about ATI guides in the comments section!👇

Photos from Academy of Thought and Industry - Chantilly's post 10/01/2022

Today in ATI, students made dishes to represent the various early American settlements. They researched the early settlers and prepared dishes much like the settlers did.

Our favorites - pumpkin pie and corn bread!

Why Montessori Matters From Toddler to Children’s House to Elementary and Beyond 09/30/2022

Why Montessori Matters From Toddler to Children’s House to Elementary and Beyond

It is never too early to start thinking about middle and high school.

Natasha Hemmingway is a successful sales coach, speaker, author and Mom to 7-year-old Kash, a student in the Elementary Bilingual Program at our sister school, Guidepost Montessori in Lake Norman, North Carolina.

Five years after she enrolled her son Kash at Guidepost Prosperity, she sat down to tell us in her own words why Montessori has proved to be the best educational path for her son, the ways it manifests itself positively in his everyday life and the importance of sticking with it through Elementary and beyond.

Why Montessori Matters From Toddler to Children’s House to Elementary and Beyond A Guidepost parent tells us why Montessori has been the best educational path for her son.


David Tenorio is a professional artist and guide at the Academy of Thought and Industry. David brings a working artist's perspective to his classes, teaching digital drawing, digital painting, and digital art design used in animation and film. David also mentors teenagers into art programs and internships across the country. He has taught a number of people who work in animation studios, including Disney and Pixar. ATI's digital art classes set students up for success by focusing on creative practice and portfolio building. Classes are taught online so students from any ATI school can attend.

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We are often asked: What makes Montessori learning different for middle and high schoolers?

Montessori education focuses on the needs of the “whole person:” our programs are focused on not only on academic growth, but on social/emotional growth as well.

Our grounding in Montessori philosophy for the adolescent age group is the recognition that students have the innate need to grow individually and intellectually (the “Thought” in ATI), but also the need to feel tied to their community, and that they are doing real, meaningful, and impactful work (the “Industry” component of ATI).

This is strongly supported by our focus on building small, close-knit communities that are also globally-minded, and our coaching program which helps students navigate the multitude of challenges presented by adolescence.

Peace for Ukraine Movie (2022) 09/21/2022

Peace for Ukraine Movie (2022)

"Avoiding war is the work of politics, establishing peace is the work of education.” - Maria Montessori

Peace for Ukraine Movie (2022) According to the MoES, as of September 2022, 748 preschools, and more than 2400 educational facilities, including Montessori schools were damaged in Ukraine....

What is the Prepared Environment? 09/21/2022

What is the Prepared Environment?

Montessori educators talk extensively about the “prepared environment.” This is Montessori’s word for the classroom: the physical space, but also the intangible elements- the culture, the routines, the schedule, the norms. But it is also so much more.

What is the Prepared Environment? Montessori educators talk extensively about the “prepared environment.” This is Montessori’s word for the classroom: the physical space, but also the intangible elements- the culture, the routines, the schedule, the norms. But it is also so much more.

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“Education should include the two forms of work -- manual and intellectual -- for the same person, and thus make it understood by practical experience that these two kinds complete each other and are equally essential to a civilized existence.”
- Dr. Maria Montessori

ATI students don’t just memorize — they understand, by integrating and applying at every step. Each concept is placed into the world. And each lesson is motivated with the exploration of a real-world problem to capture the imagination and spark curiosity.

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In keeping it small, our students don't get lost.

Our tight-knit, purposely small community is also connected to a global network, allowing students to learn from industry experts, take part in unique electives, find mentors in your field, and connect with peers around the country and world.

Come see for yourself. Book a tour today! >


It’s not too late to support your teen in finding their individual path to excellence.

🚀 But Hurry! Classes are filling fast!

The best way to know if ATI is for your teen? Book a tour today:


Our students don’t just memorize—they understand, by integrating and applying at every step.

By high school, students get the chance to master, apply, and expand knowledge on their own terms. Our students take film-making classes in order to actually make movies. They take economics courses because they are starting their own businesses—or more abstract economics because they want to understand the theories that make up the living human world in which they are preparing to take part.


ATI's coaching framework has been developed by trained psychologists to produce a coaching structure that is unique and powerful. It’s based on the fundamental premise that students are capable of authoring their own lives.

Our coaching framework is built around two basic principles:

💎 That every student is capable and worthy of self-creation.
🌍 That self-creation is complex, ambitious work that requires self-knowledge, and is gained through self-directed action. In other words, the combination of thought and industry.

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Altitude Learning is our school's learning platform.

Our students and guides use Altitude every day, working on or creating their own learning opportunities.

Parent access enables you to understand and support your child's learning journey, view work, and see updates:

✅ See posts where your student and their guides will share work, assignments, and updates.
✅ View your student’s daily and weekly goals, as well as their working portfolio.
✅ Gain insights into your student’s progress.
✅ Always be in the loop with daily digests of work sent to your email.
✅ Be able to actively support your child by going through their “playlist” with them and supporting them to complete tasks.

Want to see how Altitude works? Schedule a visit today?

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How do Grades Work at ATI?

🎓 Mastery-based learning is a teaching and assessment method that is based on students’ ability to show their knowledge and skills.

😒 In a traditional educational model, students move from unit to unit, grade to grade, based mostly on having spent the right amount of time in the classroom.

🚀 At ATI, we believe that assessment is and should be primarily for the purpose of helping students learn.

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ATI Chantilly goes hiking! 🥾☀️🌲🌿

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Why Do We Study History?

⌛An inspired understanding of history—not exclusively as a list of facts and dates to memorize, but as a living tapestry that is relevant, practical, and tangible all around us—is the foundation of an engagement with the messy, interdependent, and otherwise unfathomable network that is humanity.

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4550 Walney Road
Chantilly, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 6pm
Tuesday 8am - 6pm
Wednesday 8am - 6pm
Thursday 8am - 6pm
Friday 8am - 6pm

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