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Children's Montessori School

3910 Constellation Rd., Suite 101
Lompoc, CA 93436

(805) 733-2290


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CMS is a private Montessori school for students age 2 through 15 years, and is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the opening of Dr. Montessori's first classroom. Beginning in 1907 and until her death in 1952 Dr. Montessori developed and refined pedagogical ideas and didactic materials by observing children of different cultures, and socio-economic groups in many parts of the world. She found that no matter what background a child grows up in there are consistently the same needs in every child during this developmental period of their lives. Each child has the need to move, the need to communicate, the need to repeat and perfect abilities and skills, the need to put things in order, to mention just a few. A Montessori classroom with its trained teacher and materials is set up to fulfill these needs and enable a child to develop physical control of his movements, focusing of his attention on an activity in which he is interested, and develop an inner motivation to explore and learn from his environment. The children learn by doing, and they form a community in their classroom, where first they learn care of the materials, second they experience care and concern for their social group and from this, thirdly develop a care of themselves in the form of self esteem and confidence. She also observed that each child has an internal drive to seek independence. Many people observing the classroom are struck by the fact that the children are moving freely and making choices about what they do. They see calm and courteous behavior where children are counting, washing chairs, reading, drawing, having a snack when they want and being responsible to the group as a whole, i.e. there is a community spirit. They are also struck by the fact that the children are "working", they are focused and concentrated on an activity that has a purpose. It is this environment that inspires students to become motivated from within to learn and to strive for excellence.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of CMS is to educate children at the primary, elementary and junior levels (2 to 15 years) to their fullest potential. We strive to help children continue their innate love of learning and to make education a joyful, life-long process. We are committed to providing a prepared environment that guides children toward development of practical, intellectual, physical and emotional disciplines that promote independence, self-discipline, respect and both personal and social responsibility.

CMS is dedicated to the continual development of an environment that meets the emerging needs of the children. Our assets and resources are committed and channeled to the welfare of the children.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation