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Oneonta Montessori School

2221 Poplar Boulevard
Alhambra, CA 91801

(626) 284-0840


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission


Dr. Maria Montessori was one of the first educators who emphasized the importance of early childhood education. The philosophy of our school comes from her scientific observations and writings. Dr. Maria Montessori started her work with mentally and physically challenged children. By designing special materials and techniques and allowing children to work in areas previously considered beyond their capacity, she realized they could work to their full potential. She took this concept and started working with normal developing children. Her theories soon surpassed all expectations. The result was independent, self reliant children who were eager and joyful about life's intellectual and emotional challenges. We continue to use Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy at our school.

Excellence in Education - At Oneonta Montessori School we have designed a preschool, kindergarten, & elementary program that incorporates Dr. Montessori's ideals for learning. Our aim is to provide quality education to typically developing children from 2 - 12 years of age, within the context of mutual respect and joy. We believe each child is a unique individual and should not be bound within limited academic perimeters, but should also be given creative freedom and direction to develop as happy & self reliant members of society. We believe the emphasis on academic excellence should be brought about by concept learning rather than rote learning. Our “hands on� approach to education allows for lifelong concrete learning skills by heightening the senses and developing keen observation skills.


To allow children to reach their needs academically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically towards their full potential.
To allow children the freedom to learn at their own pace in an atmosphere of respect and understanding of individual differences.
To encourage children to experience the joy of learning and the intrinsic satisfaction that comes with the mastery of concepts and fundamental skills through creative use of attractive, self correcting materials and activities.
To capitalize on children's natural curiosity and guide their energies to enhance their sensory-motor, perceptual skills, language ability, and creative and social development, by caring, qualified and well trained staff"
Excerpted from the preschool's website