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Hunter Mill Country Day School

2021 Hunter Mill Road
Vienna, VA 22181

(703) 281-4422


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Play-based learning emphasizing developmentally appropriate self-discovery and experimentation, child-led activities encouraged by educated and caring teachers with lots of outdoor play on our 5 acre farm-like school.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

"Preschool is a very important time for your child. The activities that we use are designed to provide the children with a love of learning, a sense of self-worth, and respect for others. At HMCDS, we are committed to providing an environment where children can develop as individuals and acquire a comfortable, realistic concept of self. With a positive awareness of self, a child is then freer to develop intellectually and can work toward a happier relationship with others. We believe children learn best when they are happy and relaxed and when the activities are meaningful to them. Our classrooms are filled with safe, age-appropriate games, books, art supplies, and other learning tools. Our outside play areas provide special opportunities for exploring nature, planting and learning about and handling small animals." (Excerpt from HMCDS's website)

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Special classes include Spanish, Music, Movement (combined Ballet/Gymnastics/Yoga), Animal Care, Pony Rides and Soccer.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are not created equal. We emphasize individual care and attention with each child, working with them at their own pace.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Hunter Mill Country Day School is a special place where your child can interact, explore, learn, and grow in a unique, loving environment; where children are constantly learning through play and fostering long-term friendships and creativity—a home away from home. As a parent-assisted organization, we remain sensitive to the needs and interests of HMCDS families.

A Typical Day

We vary our morning and afternoon routines with a balance of mixed-media art activities, science/exploration, gross/fine motor-focused activities, sensory integrated activies with lots of outdoor time on our 5 acre playground spaces. Additional special classes such as Music, Spanish, Movement, Soccer, and Pony Rides are included in the program. Children also have healthy morning and afternoon snacks and Lunch mid-day.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year