Where: The Montessori Institute of San Diego in La Jolla

When: Three summers starting summer 2013

July 15 – August 9, 2013
June 11 – August 8, 2014
June 17 – August 8, 2015

Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

We are very happy to announce that starting this summer, the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD) will be running a Montessori elementary training program – the first Montessori elementary program to come to California in 13 years!

Since the course will be offered during the summers, you will be able to take it concurrently with working during the academic year. We highly encourage any staff who are interested in Montessori elementary education to take advantage of this opportunity. We don’t know when it will be repeated!

The Lead Trainer for this program will be Dr. Kay Baker, a leader in Montessori education. Dr. Baker holds a Ph.D. in mathematics education, and wrote her dissertation on “Children’s Solution Strategies for Multiplication Word Problems.” She is a school consultant for AMI/USA, has authored numerous journal articles for the North American Montessori Teacher’s Association and AMI Communications, and is a repeat keynote speaker at Montessori conferences worldwide.

For information about the training course please see:


The program is run by MISD, and you will need to apply for admission into the course directly through them.

To apply, visit:


The total cost of tuition and fees to take the Montessori elementary course is about $16,000.

If you can’t afford to take this training on your own, LePort is offering a limited number of sponsorship opportunities to staff members who are serious about a career at LePort Schools, and who will make the most of this opportunity.

Here’s how the forgivable loan works: LePort will loan you the money to take the course, by paying the invoices from MISD as they come due. After you complete the training course, if you stay continuously employed by LePort Schools for three years, the loan will be forgiven over the course of those three years, meaning that you will not have to pay it back. 1/3 will be forgiven at the end of the first year following completion of the training; 1/3 at the end of the second year; and 1/3 at the end of the third year.

So, for example, if you left LePort for any reason one year after completing the training, 1/3 of the loan would be forgiven and you would not have to repay that 1/3. But you would still owe back 2/3 of the loan. If you stay for the full three years, the full amount of the loan will be forgiven, and you will not owe anything back.

Just keep in mind that the IRS will tax you on the amount of the loan that is forgiven, as though it was additional income.