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Montessori School House and Maria Montessori Elementary

4544 Pocahontas Ave
San Diego, CA 92117

(858) 270-9350


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Our school has been providing high quality education in a nurturing environment for children in San Diego since 1975. If you believe that: learning should be a happy, joyous experience; each child grows physically and mentally at his/her own pace; success builds confidence; needs and interests vary from child to child; children should be treated with respect; education is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in which the child acts on his/her environment; most children have more potential than they are encouraged to develop; children learn best in an environment of love, security, understanding, and consistency; the most important years are not the years of university studies but the first ones - the formative years - when the child's mental life is being developed;

Then come visit our Montessori school!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

We are always excited about the unrevealed potential of each student who enters our school. It is our passionate belief that the methods developed by Maria Montessori encourage and allow children to grow toward their potential at each stage of their development. Our priority at Maria Montessori School is to provide a loving, nurturing, caring community for your children in which each is acknowledged as unique and special. Every child has his or her individual talents, gifts, and ways of learning which bring to our educational environment a richness and diversity for all children in every classroom. Our world has become a global community requiring the engaged participation of all its citizens from the smallest family unit to the largest international political and social organizations. Your children are the future and we strive to enable our school to be among the finest educational environments to prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

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

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
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
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
Other subjects taught In early childhood, Montessori students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching, and movement.

From the Director:

The teacher, child, and environment create a learning triangle. The classroom is prepared by the teacher to encourage independence, freedom within limits, and a sense of order. The child, through individual choice, makes use of what the environment offers to develop himself, interacting with the teacher when support and/or guidance is needed. Multiage groupings are a hallmark of the Montessori Method: younger children learn from older children; older children reinforce their learning by teaching concepts they have already mastered. This arrangement also mirrors the real world, where individuals work and socialize with people of all ages and dispositions. Dr. Montessori observed that children experience sensitive periods, or windows of opportunity, as they grow. As their students develop, Montessori teachers match appropriate lessons and materials to these sensitive periods when learning is most naturally absorbed and internalized.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child is valued as a unique individual. Montessori education recognizes that children learn in different ways, and accommodates all learning styles. Students are also free to learn at their own pace, each advancing through the curriculum as he is ready, guided by the teacher and an individualized learning plan.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide a complete Montessori program which considers the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the total child by addressing the uniqueness of each in a nurturing, emotionally secure and academically excellent environment.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation