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

I am so glad that I was referred to COTW by a good friend. My 4 year old has been attending the school for over a year now and she absolutely love it. They follow a well organized schedule and have lots of developmentally appropriate activities for toddlers. The teachers are very caring and well-trained and everyone here treats the kids and parents like a family. Miss Hakima is a very caring and loving lady and is very attentive and accommodating to each child under her care. Overall, I'm very pleased with the service and my daughter is learning quickly and is excited to go everyday!!!

Our oldest daughter has been attending the preschool program here for almost a year, and we absolutely love it. It was a bit of a transition from the Montessori curriculum, but the teachers were super patient and facilitated her adjustment to learning the alphabet and other basics to prep her for kindergarten. The student body and teachers are diverse and from a lot of different countries which is great and gives kids exposure to a dynamic group of friends. They do a great job of mixing classroom instruction with outdoor time, withperiodic field trips. Our daughter is always excited to come home and tell us the latest song or rhyme that she learned. They do Arabic in the mornings, and even my Arabic is getting better from practicing the vocabulary and other lessons with her. All the parents we have met so far are very nice ( which was important to us) as it shows by the children at the school- all very sweet and kind with good manners, and serves as a good and serves as a good example for her which was one of my main concerns were keeping her in a private preschool program, since they pick up so much from their peers at this age. We started here in the summertime so I thought this was an appropriate time to add a review because they have great programs during the summer months including weekly field trips… Highly recommend it! Particularly compared to other schools in the area, (and we have attended others including the Boyd school and Fairfax Montessori) they are on par with making sure your child is in a safe loving and fun environment while you are at work, and doing a great job of balancing playtime and learning.

My husband and I love this school! We are so happy with how much our daughters are learning. Such a great staff and a lovely environment. I highly recommend!

HOME AWAY FROM HOME! My 2 kids joined COTW almost 3 years ago and we absolutely love it. COTW has exceeded our expectations in every way. The staff is personable and caring and the teachers are amazing! I have seen the difference in how an experienced staff can implement the curriculum in a fun, yet meaningful and focused manner. I have total confidence that while they are there they are learning how to be a well-rounded child, both socially and academically, and a good child of the world. If you are looking for a school that will offer your child individual attention, small classes and a broad range of learning opportunities look no further-- you''ve found it!

My son has been going to the COTW for quite some time. He wasn’t good at speaking at the beginning but he has learned a lot. The teachers are very helpful and willing to work with the children on 1 to 1 to help them catch up with other students. The owner Ms. Hakima is also a wonderful and understanding person who will always be available to meet and help if you have any concerns. I also registered my daughter who doesn’t read or write in Arabic and speaks it poorly during the summer of this year and I see that she is progressing in Arabic.

Excellent place- am so thankful that i found Children of the World School, i had visit different schools and daycares, but as soon as we walked in, we felt welcome. Most of the schools your child have to be fully potty train, And i was having the hardest time with that, but they are helping me train my son, which is hard to find in a school that are willing to do that. They are very affordable, cleaned, helpful, caring and Super with the kids. Highly recommend to visit the school.

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

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

Email: [email protected]

School Hours:
M-F: 7am - 7pm

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.