Welcome to Encinitas’ newest Montessori school.

This February, we began to convert an existing preschool near the Encinitas Community Center into a welcoming, family-like Montessori school for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

By August, we will have transformed our campus into an authentic Montessori community with nurturing teachers, responsive staff, and high-quality facilities and materials. Please join us at our upcoming events to learn more about our program. Stop by on Thursday mornings from 8:30 am to 10:00 am for our Montessori coffee chats (no RSVP required), or join us every 4th Tuesday evening for our Guided By Baby talks to get Montessori-inspired ideas for parenting an infant. Or simply submit the form on the right to contact us for an individual tour: we’d love to show you around!

Enrollment at our school has been strong this spring as families have visited amidst the rennovations. Our infant and toddler classrooms are mostly filled for Fall 2014, and we encourage you to join the waitlist for mid-year openings we expect as children move up into the preschool program. A few spots still remain for our bilingual, Spanish/English preschool/kindergarten classroom: contact us now to tour and to secure enrollment for the 2014/15 school year.

RKU_2575-250pxA high-quality, authentic Montessori program. Did you know Montessori isn’t trademarked, and that schools vary widely in quality—but only high-fidelity programs deliver the outstanding results Montessori is known for? Our program will be that authentic program, and we invite you to visit to see it for yourself. Tour one of our schools in Orange County and learn about how high-quality Montessori programs help each child to develop strength of character, joyfully master social skills, and learn many academic skills, including reading, writing and arithmetic.

RKU_3378-250pxHighly-trained, nurturing teachers and staff. All of our head teachers have the most rigorous, year-long AMI Montessori certification. Our Montessori-trained Head of School supports teachers with individual guidance and regular classroom observations. Our trained staff is a great resource for all kinds of questions that parents have, from toilet learning to how to provide a positive discipline environment at home.

IMG_9453-250pxA beautiful facility, with bright, spacious classrooms and a large, natural playground. We’ll be updating our classrooms with all new furniture, a full range of engaging Montessori learning materials, new paint and new floors. The playground will soon include lots of open grass, sand boxes, and logs for children to explore!

Learn more about our programs at the Encinitas campus:

palos verdes preschool program

Infants (12 weeks – 24 months)

  • A beautiful, nurturing, home like, mixed-age environment
  • Lots of space and time for motor development
  • Carefully selected activities, from mobiles to sensorial activities
  • A respectful, caring approach to interacting with infants
  • A low target ratio of one teacher for every three infants (1:3)
palos verdes preschool program

Toddlers (24 – 36 months)

  • A beautifully prepared environment with a 1:6 ratio to support individualized attention
  • Highly-qualified Montessori teachers with AMI certification, the gold standard in Montessori
  • A focus on self-respect, self-care, independence and language skills
  • Toilet learning included
palos verdes preschool program

Preschool/Kindergarten (3 – 6 years)

  • An authentic, mixed-age, family-like Montessori community that’s proven to be beneficial to each age group
  • Highly-qualified Montessori teachers with AMI certification, the gold standard in Montessori
  • Creativity, art, music and movement integrated into the curriculum
  • Advanced academics: reading, writing and arithmetic by age six
palos verdes preschool program

Spanish Immersion: Infant, toddler, preschool

  • Toddler: Dual-immersion classroom with one Spanish-speaking teacher and one English-speaking teacher at all times
  • Preschool: Full immersion classroom with two Spanish-speaking teachers in the class
  • A rich Montessori program, with all lessons taught in Spanish
  • Children will receive the gift of bilingualism:  understanding, speaking, writing & reading in Spanish and English