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Montessori School of Ojai

806 Baldwin Road
Ojai, CA 93023

(805) 649-2525


The Montessori School of Ojai educates students from infancy through middle school utilizing the methods and materials developed by Maria Montessori with a curriculum enhanced by instruction in music, art, P.E., science, garden and language.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach characterized by an environment designed to facilitate maximum learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

From the Director:

Dr. Maria Montessori created manipulative materials and curriculum which are utilized in the Montessori classroom to invite children to engage in learning activities and to enhance every child's innate desire to learn. The materials invite activity.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Individualized instruction enables each child to receive one-on-one attention daily. The teacher knows the child well and understands his or her learning style and academic level. Children learn by making discoveries with the materials - cultivating concentration, motivation, self-discipline and a love of learning, under the guidance of a Montessori-trained teacher.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Montessori School of Ojai philosophy is drawn from the vision of Maria Montessori, who believed that the environment contributes to the child's potential as an intelligent and creative individual who is knowledgeable about both the natural and academic worlds. We believe in working together in a spirit of cooperation, seeking to cultivate and express that which is excellent in each other. Active participation in the school community builds caring and responsible individuals. "
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Elements of a Montessori classroom include mixed age classrooms, student choice of activity from within a prescribed range of options, uninterrupted blocks of work time, students learning concepts from working with materials rather than by direct instruction, and specialized educational materials.


Handling Separation: From the Director

Meeting the needs of the individual as determined through observation of the child, conversations with the parent(s),and many years of experience.