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San Jose Montessori

1300 Sheffield Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008

(408) 377-9888


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San Jose Montessori School is a traditional Montessori school. All teachers are AMI Trained. We provide a high quality environment supportive of the child's whole development.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children advance at their own pace and presented with lessons they are ready for. All instruction is individual or in small groups.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a traditional Montessori school. As such we provide an environment rich with activities that advance the development of the whole child. We believe that children need freedom to explore and interact with each other and that they have a natural desire to learn and gain independence. Our environment is attractive, orderly, and full of purposeful activites that help develope control and coordination, independence, social interaction and problem solving skills, as well as academic skills. Each child progresses at his or her own pace, and all instruction is done individually or in small groups.

A Typical Day

Our classrooms are communities with children 3 to 6 year old working in the same environment, choosing their own activities from activities that were presented to them by a trained Montessori guide. In the beginning of the year we start the day with music in a group, but children are free to choose to do other activities. Most of the year the children come in the morning, greet each other and the teachers and go to choose their individual activities. They enjoy at least three hours of uninterrupted work period. A few children at a time can choose to do outdoor activities such as gardening with our outdoor teacher. During the morning session, a teacher reads books, poetry, and plays a variety of games with small groups of children that choose to join in that activity. The children get snack and receive lessons on the materials and activities they are ready for. The classroom include a variety of activities that develop the child's focus of attention, control and coordination, sensory exploration, language, mathematics, geography, biology, music and social interaction skills.
At about 11:30 the children go out to play while some remain and set the tables for lunch. The children eat their lunch between 12:15 and 12:50 and go out to play after lunch until about 1:15 when some of the children are picked up. The remaining children are either napping, resting, or staying for the extended day class of the Kindergarten age children.
As the children get up from their nap or rest, and for the children who stay till our closing time, 5:30 pm, the day continues in our Montessori way. Additional activities such as a nature walks on the school grounds and baking activities are added for the children who stay all day.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a special orientation program for the new children, and parents are encouraged to visit with their child, meet the teachers and play on the playground before starting school. If despite such preparation children have separation anxiety, we allow parents to stay in the classroom until their child feels comfortable in this new environment. (This is not very common at our school, most children adjust very well during the orientation.)