Premier Preschool & Child Care in Manassas, VA


The Compass School of Manassas opened in 2005 as the first Reggio-Inspired preschool and child care center in Prince William County. The Compass School of Manassas received the “Best of Prince William Reader’s Choice” award for best preschool/child care center in Prince William County. This award was issued by the Manassas News & Messenger newspaper and

Reggio-Inspired Child Care & Education in Manassas, VA

The Compass School in Manassas, Virginia, has thirteen classrooms that house a variety of full and part-time programs for children from six weeks to 12 years of age. Use the links below for more information about programs offered by The Compass School:

The Reggio Emilia approach to education has been at the forefront of early childhood education for over 40 years (Rinaldi, C. 2006. In dialogue with Reggio Emilia: Listening, researching and learning).  This philosophy is rooted in a strong image of children as capable, rich in potential, and full of interests and ideas about the world around them.  Teachers at The Compass School of Manassas seek to inspire learning by encouraging creative exploration and collaboration between children in a welcoming, community-based school environment. For more information about what it means to be ‘Reggio-Inspired’, please click here.

Afterschool & Summer Camp in Manassas, VA

Serving Manassas, Gainesville, Bristow, Nokesville and surrounding communities. The Compass School of Manassas offers transportation to/from select Prince William County schools, including Bennett Elementary, Nokesville Elementary, Ellis Elementary, Cedar Point Elementary, and Victory Elementary schools. In addition, The Compass School also currently offers transportation from Haydon Elementary and Round Elementary schools in the City of Manassas.

The Manassas campus is centrally located at 9811 Godwin Drive, near the intersection of Route 234 and Nokesville Road (Route 28), across from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Please click here for directions from your location. We would love to give you a private tour of our unique, warm and welcoming learning environment!

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Ashley Veney

Ashley Veney – Executive Director

Ashley attended Liberty University where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Child Development and minored in Psychology, as well as Family and Consumer Science.  She started at The Compass School as a toddler teacher and then joined the administrative team as the Assistant Director in 2013.  In 2015, Ashley accepted the role of Executive Director and has enjoyed building wonderful relationships with families and teachers.  In her free time she likes to make crafts, bake cupcakes, and spend time with her dog, Daisy.

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Nature Class in “the field”

It is common practice in Reggio-based programs to explore an
overarching school-wide project, which is intended IMG_0699to unite children and teachers in common exploration. At The Compass School of Manassas, we schedule times for each classroom to visit “the field”, our fenced in green space just north of the school, for Nature Class with Ms. Bailey.  Students bring rain boots, hats, gloves, and waterproof mud suits so that they can have experiences in all types of weather. Ms. Bailey takes the lead for this project in order to help support teachers in the classroom. She collaborates with teachers to introduce new project work and materials, model inquiry-based interactions with the children, and create examples of documentation. We have created an area in the school where we can share all of our work through documentation displays and items
discovered in the field. Nature Class has been a big hit among students,
parents, and teachers and we can’t wait to see it continue!

The Compass School’s Annual Art Show

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HYBYCOZO art work

Our annual Art Show is one of our favorite school events. It showcases our students’ abilities and is a great way to see how classroom projects are carried out. Our theme this year was “Luminism”.  Ms. Spencer, our Art teacher, chose this “light art” theme because light and shadow play are building blocks of the Reggio curriculum.

Our piece inspired by HYBYCOZO
Our piece inspired by HYBYCOZO

The art of light and illumination was brought to each class in a unique way. Each class studied an artist of their choice and created a group art piece.  They also created a series of individual art pieces which they decided best replicated/honored the artist’s style. Each child’s art piece was then featured in a unique setup throughout the plaza and hallway areas. It was a beautiful collection of glowing art and dazzling lights that brightened up the school!

Included in the Art Show was a large piece in our plaza which was a school wide collaboration- an interactive wooden lantern based on the work of art group HYBYCOZO.  Each age group worked to paint the paneled lantern sides like stained glass. Children, families, and teachers were invited to  experience the structure inside and out!  The Art Show was a great success and we look forward to next year’s exhibit!

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