Our History

Who We Are

In 2008, Hakima Elamiri had a vision of an international bilingual school where children could learn Islamic religious values and American citizenship. Today, she has realized her vision by having created a vibrant learning center with children and teachers representing 31 countries. Ms. Hakima is widely recognized for her great devotion to children and her infinite patience and wisdom. She is a hands-on director who knows the personality, temperament, strengths, weaknesses and family background of every child in the school. COTW is fruition of Ms. Hakima’s love of children and her commitment to their education, development, and successful preparation for the future.

Arabic/English Immersion

The Benefits of a Bilingual Education

Children of the World offers Arabic language classes by native speakers in addition to our standard academic curriculum. Did you know that Arabic is the official (or co-official) language in 22 countries? Or that it’s the 5th most spoken language in the world, used by over 250 million people?  When you place your child into our care, you allow them to receive all of the benefits of an early bilingual program. Research has demonstrated that bilingual children experience a number of advantages throughout their lives:


Bilingual Children have a better ability to focus and ignore distractions in the environment (Bialystokl, Martin, 2004)


The advantages of being bilingual carry over throughout your life. Bilingualism alters brain chemistry which has been linked to staving off the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. (Jha, 2011)



Bilingual children display stronger logic skills and are better equipped than monolinguals at solving certain mental puzzles (Bhattacharjee, 2012)


Bilinguals have increased mental flexibility and creativity. (Hakuta, 1985)



Bilingual children in dual-immersion schools have been shown to score higher on both verbal and math standardized tests conducted in English (Pearson, 2009)



Once a child knows two languages, he or she will find it easier to learn a third language. (Abu-Rabia, Sanitsky, 2011)
Our School

Facilities and Organizations

COTW is a comprehensive learning center with a beautiful and meticulously cultivated campus ready to meet all of your child's needs. We have bright and spacious classrooms, a computer lab, an indoor gym and an outdoor playground, all paired with dedicated, experienced teachers using modern technology ready for our 21st century learners!

Parent/Teacher Organization

We encourage collaboration between families and the school and have a dedicated PTO to facilitate the flow of ideas and exchange of information. COTW welcomes parents wishing to serve as volunteers. 

School Meals
COTW offers a catered lunch menu which changes monthly. Upon request, we can serve breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.  حلال.
Academic Standards
Young children learn about the world through play. Subjects aren't separate in their mind, nor in the classroom. Teachers may introduce children to basic concepts such as shapes, letters, and colors, but preschool is about learning much more. It’s where children first develop a relationship with learning.
Field Trips
Field trips enrich and expand the curriculum, strengthen observation skills by immersing children into sensory activities, increase children's knowledge in a particular subject area and expand children's awareness of their own community. COTW plans many field trips throughout the year to connect our classroom lessons to the world around us.
Technology In the Classroom

COTW has an on-site computer lab to ensure children become familiar with computing and the internet. We integrate Ipads into all of our classes to facilitate learning and  update parents on children's progress.



What Parents are Saying

School owner loves her job, it is not about money it is about kids future which is really important to me as a parent. She knows every single kid in her school and what they need to work on in order to succeed. Definitely hiring the right people to help with her mission is another PLUS. Wishing all the team lot of success. I will not hesitate to recommend the school to other parents. My kid is in k-12, Ms. Hakima is her COTW coach.
fadoua Boualem
14:35 03 Jul 18
This school is the best . We know the school since it’s opening. Our youngest daughter went here for preK and other older daughters went for Sunday program. All we can say they are awesome , kind, and flexible. They teach Islamic , Arabic and English. My kids love this school so I am. Thank you COTW.
Abo Najd
13:58 02 Jul 18
My 3 nephews and niece have been attending this school for years now. They learn new things everyday. I sometimes go over some things with them and they amaze me at what they are learning. I attended each of their preK graduation. It was amazing. I have a 4 month old and a toddler that I can not wait to enroll. Great job.
Sara Mezi
00:33 29 Jun 18
I give the COTW a five star I love the peace of mind when I drop off my 3.5 yo daughter every morning. I know my little girl is in good hands. From the owner Ms.Hakima to the Teachers who are extremely dedicated, caring and very kind. The staff is very approachable and very kind as well. They are my second family. I see a lot of progress that my 3.5 yo has made over the last 8 months both socially and academically.
khalida harrif
23:01 11 Jun 18
I love the peace of mind every morning dropping my girls off that they are in the best school. Teachers are very dedicated and caring, the curriculum is top notch, and Ms. Hakima's style of education brings out the best in kids, allowing them to reach their full potential and even beyond. I'm amazed how much progress my kids have made both socially and academically over the last year. The facilities are warm and welcoming, and there is a perfect equilibrium between learning and fun activities to keep the students captivated and motivated. There is a nice community feeling between parents and the staff are approachable and personable. My girls have made many new amazing friends here, and so have I, as well.
L Raya
02:13 09 May 18

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Get In Touch

Location: 4451 Brookfield Corporate Dr.,
Suite# 201, Chantilly, VA 20151

Telephone: (703) 956-6266 or (703) 283-9553

Email: administration@cotwschool.com

School Hours:
M-F: 7am - 7pm
Sun: 10am - 3pm

Non-Discrimination Policy

All children are welcome at Children of the World. Our Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, disability, sex, color, creed, or national origin.