About us

Welcome to Curie School – South Riding

The Madame Curie School, an innovative STEM ++ curriculum school, with state-of-the-art facilities offers school day programs and after school enrichment for children preschool-6th grade. The school, founded by Dr. Rao Mulpuri and located in Chantilly recently celebrated its first anniversary and is excited to welcome a second school location in Herndon.

Dr. Rao Mulpuri, Founder





“The best contribution one can make in the learning process of any child is during the pre-school and elementary school years. By giving a strong foundation in these early learning experiences we can empower the child and create a great chance for academic success in later years. The Madame Curie School of Science & Technology is committed to educating children for becoming leaders of 21st century.”

Philosophy of Learning

The Madame Curie School philosophy is to provide a challenging academic environment where ideas abound and imaginations flourish. Our goal is to nurture children to be problem-solvers early in life so that they may deliberate, look for, and discover solutions in both academic and everyday situations. At MCS we want to instill a sense of wonder and enjoyment in the mystery of Science, build confidence in Math skills, discover the beauty of Language, and inspire a joy for learning.

MCS Difference

The Madame Curie School of Science & Technology innovative STEM++ curriculum is designed to promote and enhance learning for the preschool and elementary age student. Hands on lessons and activities coupled with traditional methods of repetition and recitation assist in the academic and social development of the well-round student at MCS.


The first 5 years in a child’s brain development are crucial. Research shows that this is the time when the brain is creating new connections and developing at the most rapid pace it ever will.

With each passing second during these first 5 years, young brains develop 700 synapses, the neural connections that support learning and the development of skill sets. Accordingly, it is important to take advantage of this incredible time—the brain absorbs information like a sponge.

A child’s development rests primarily on the environment, exposure, and attention received during these formative years. Habits and interests formed young generally reverberate throughout adult life.

Additionally, we want to impart students with the wisdom we would like them to bring into adulthood—kindness, compassion, respect and self-esteem-to become productive citizens of their community.

Faculty & Staff

Ms. Maru Figueroa, the Principal of The Madame Curie School-South Riding, joins the school with excitement and anticipation of the upcoming school year. Ms. Figueroa holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and has vast experience working in the areas of early education, curriculum, and program development.

Ms Maru was previously a professor and researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She edited several books about cognitive processes, developed instruments to measure milestones of child development and conducted several studies to improve the learning capabilities of young children, with both typical learners and students with learning disabilities.

In her free time, Ms. Maru loves to read and travel, particularly on church missions to third world countries.

What parents say about us

“This school is fantastic! As grandparents, we are so thankful for the teaching staff in this preschool and the loving care as well as playful atmosphere and safe structure they provide.”

— Mr. & Mrs. Jacob


“The best school ever with warm people who are truly devoted to the care, education and individual growth of each kid. My daughter loves each and everyone here and has excel tremendously since attending here few months. Will recommend to every parent.”

— Yvis Asin, Dec. 2015


“Great school with small classes and wonderful dtaff. Our children have thrived here.”

— Amy Moss, April, 2016