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Montessori School of Los Altos

303 Parkside Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306

(650) 493-7200


Open House every Monday at 10:30am and 2:30pm in February 2014 (except on 2/17 when we are closed for Presidents' Day). RSVP to attend, or contact us to arrange a tour at another time at or call us at 650.493.7200.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The curriculum at Montessori School of Los Altos is founded on the classic Montessori principles with age and developmentally appropriate academic, social and creative activities to fulfill each child's potential in a beautiful and supportive environment. We follow the international Montessori curriculum established by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

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
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
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught All children receive lessons in the core areas of language, mathematics, geography, science, practical life, and sensorial development. Lessons in grace and courtesy, participation in group discussions, and learning to work as a team are also part of the education your child will receive. In addition, we incorporate computer work into the classrooms where we feature Montessori software, compatible with the overall educational goals of our program. Your child's development is rounded out with lessons in art appreciation and hands on practice in many media; movement and dance, rhythm, song and an introduction to musical instruments as well as the chance to participate in many cultural activities and celebrations reflecting our diverse parent community.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We offer an inviting and supportive environment that nurtures and inspires young children and their families. We cherish our international parent community and our highly trained teachers, who bring a diversity of experience to our students."

See our new school video that shows the children's activities during the day!

A Typical Day

Our highly regarded preschool and Kindergarten programs are based on over 38 years of experience working with young children and their families.

* Innovative Montessori Primary curriculum
* Young Threes program
* Mandarin and Spanish language programs
* Computer studies based on Montessori materials
* Daily Orff music lessons, movement and art activities
* Kindergarten leadership program
* Organic food and school vegetable garden
* Year-round school option with summer swim lessons