The Compass School of Manassas opened in 2005 as the first Reggio-Inspired preschool and child care center in Prince William County.  The school has thirteen classrooms housing full and part-time Infant, Toddler, Two’s, Preschool, and PreK programs, as well as Private Kindergarten, After School and Summer Camp programs for school-age children.

The Compass School of Manassas was a recipient of 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

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, Victory Elementary and Marshall 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!


Thank you for your interest in The Compass School of Manassas, Virginia. We are excited to share information with you regarding our Reggio-Inspired early childhood programs. We believe in the strength, power, and potential of every child. We think that our child-centered philosophy, combined with excellent parent communication, a warm and welcoming school environment, and wonderful teachers will provide your family with an unparalleled early education and child care experience.

What does it mean to be “Reggio-inspired,” you might ask? Here is a brief excerpt from an article in Disney’s Wondertime magazine (February 2008), titled Shopping For A Preschool:

“The theory: Take the best of Montessori and play-based, blend well, and – ta-da! – you have this artsy, idealistic philosophy that’s so cutting edge and groovy, it’s the basis for Google’s on-site preschool for its Silicon Valley employees. And in Manhattan, former members of Blue Man Group have started their own Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, the Blue Man Creativity Center… Reggio Emilia gets its name from the small Italian city in which parents, teachers, and public officials banded together to create schools that rose above the lockstep mindset from past decades, opening their first preschool in 1963. In 1991, Newsweek named Reggio Emilia’s school system one of the 10 best in the world. Reggio-inspired schools are still pretty rare (and admissions thus mega-competitive).”

“Cutting edge and groovy”… we think that sounds pretty great! And after you spend some time visiting our school, we’re convinced that you will think so too! Our goal is to facilitate meaningful and interesting real-world learning opportunities for your child, which encourage exploration and discovery and promote a life-long love of learning. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon!


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Ashley Veney

Ashley Veney – Executive Director

Ashley has four years of experience at The Compass School of Manassas as a teacher, Assistant Director, and Executive Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Liberty University, where she majored in Family & Child Development, with a minor in Psychology.

What Manassas Parents Have to Say

Team Kindergarten

100 Day Kindergarten Celebration

Our Think Tank crew recently celebrated their 100th day of Kindergarten. They marked this milestone with a “100 Things” project and enjoyed some delicious trail mix to boot. Way to go, Team Kindergarten!

Miss Margot

Teacher Feature – Miss Margot

Margot has recently joined our Junior Kindergarten program this past year and rocked it (all while working towards her Master’s in Education)!  She has won teacher of the month twice this year and on many occasions the parents in her classroom ask if they can vote for her for teacher of the month. (Teacher of the month votes are only submitted by peers)  Margot does an excellent job of preparing her students for kindergarten and challenges them with amazing project work.  Her and her co-teacher Robin, have found many creative ways to incorporate math skills in their project work.  One of their longest running projects this year was a study of the elements of Fairytales. We are so happy to have Margot as a part of our Compass Family!