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Montessori Family School

1850 Scenic Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94709

(510) 848-2322


Founded in 1981, Montessori Family School enrolls students ages three to fourteen on a pair of beautiful Northern California campuses, one in Berkeley, the other in El Cerrito. A full member affiliate of the American Montessori Society, MFS prepares students for life through a stimulating, holistic school experience. At each stage, from preschool through middle school, MFS cultivates competence, self-motivation, autonomy, and responsibility, in a peaceful Montessori environment.

The MFS Early Childhood Education Program nurtures young children's quest for independence. They learn to control themselves physically and refine their gross and fine motor abilities. Cognitively, they have the opportunity to explore a broad range of Montessori materials, including those that provide them with a solid foundation for beginning reading, and learning basic math concepts. They also learn to become part of a community, make enduring friendships, and learn to socialize harmoniously.

In the Classroom MFS classrooms are all multi-age, with Early Childhood classrooms serving children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old. The third year—for the 5 year-old turning 6—is the "kindergarten" year. The multi-age classroom provides an environment in which children can move at their own pace, and be both learners and teachers at the same time.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our Mission:

Preparation for Life,

Education for Peace,

A Community for Children.

Preparation for Life: "A child is a discoverer. He is an amorphous splendid being in search of his own proper form." -- Dr. Maria Montessori.
MFS prepares children to thrive. Purposeful activity, multi-age classrooms, adult and peer role models, and an exceptional Montessori curriculum prepare the students to participate meaningfully and skilfully in an ever-changing world. Students leave MFS primed for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in high school, college, and in life.

Education for Peace: “The experience of our classroom is what lets us know that peace is possible, as Gandhi and Montessori envisioned it, if we ‘begin with the children.’ ” -- Jane Wechsler
The classroom is a place of peace at MFS. Children express their innate sense of justice, equality, and goodness within the classroom community. Regular experiences of peaceful conflict resolution, freedom within limits, and social responsibility cultivate a value system our graduates carry out into the greater world to contribute to a more peaceful society.

A Community for Children: "Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future." –- Dr. Maria Montessori.
The Montessori classroom is a loving community within which all members actively support one another while successfully pursuing their own development and interests. This sense of interconnectedness and responsibility iscarried by alumni and families into the community at large. MFS is a community of students, teachers, administrators, board members, and parents who are focused on doing that which serves children best.