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Glen Park Montessori

647 Chenery Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

(415) 585-7701


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Glen Park Montessori is a premier preschool offering the Montessori curriculum of early math and language arts concepts, sensorial development, practical life skills, botany, anthropology, geography, and peace studies. Our comprehensive art program covers a broad range of media and frequently encourages expression that overlaps our academic curriculum. We also offer lively lessons in Spanish and music as a regular part of our program. Our school welcomes and desires diversity in our environment.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Montessori curriculum is free-choice based with teacher assistance in the introduction of next level, more challenging activities. Charting children's progress through the beautifully designed materials makes documentation of individual progress and growth readily available to teachers as well as parents.

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
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • 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
  • 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 We have a wide range of topics we cover outside of the traditional Montessori curriculum including: biology, botany, anthropology, earth science, art, celebration days, and family gatherings.

From the Director:

The Montessori approach allows time and opportunity for teachers to introduce and present materials or concepts after which children are free to engage in activities of their choice. We often have discussions- the children's ideas, comments, and interests are very much a part of the curriculum.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our teachers are skilled at meeting each child where they are. All of our Montessori works can be manipulated to meet each child's individualized needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our school is Montessori based with expanded Montessori materials in an ecology framework. We have an art component which compliments and expands the academic components of animal studies, biology, peoples and cultures of the world. Interconnectedness of all life on the planet is studied and celebrated.

A Typical Day

We get dropped off from 8 to 9 a.m. We engage in traditional Montessori work time for the first three hours of school (individually, with a friend, or in groups). We get to choose our own activities and we remember to be respectful to our classmates. Children may serve their own snack, and we always remember to wash our hands first! Children are rotated in groups for outside play. Next, there is a guided circle which includes songs (continent song, days of the week, months of the year), Montessori lessons, and/or Spanish. Next, we have a delicious and organic lunch freshly prepared for us by our chef. We play outside before nap time--we enjoy hearing our teachers read us a story before we drift off to sleep. We enjoy our afternoon snack, and play both indoors and outdoors during the After Care program. We have story and circle time at the end of the day while we wait for our parents to pick us up.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We send out communication to parents on a weekly basis with school reminders, news about upcoming events, and more! We have a Parent Meet and Greet in the beginning of the year to introduce parents new and old! We hold two parent-teacher conferences per year, and are happy to have additional conferences if the parents request. We have a parent Yahoo Group forum for parents to easily communicate with one another. We write newsletters, school highlights (with photos!) and a new blog posted on a monthly basis. We have celebration days and family meet-up days on a monthly basis, too! We enjoy our tight-knit community of parents and truly believe our families are a pivotal reason why our school so dynamic and warm.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Go on field trips
  • 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
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

New students visit the school for 30 minutes during the interview process to familiarize themselves with the school. Parents may schedule one more preliminary visit before their child begins if the parents and Director find it necessary. For the first week of school, we ask that parents pick up their children before nap time at 1 p.m. This greatly helps with any sense of separation issues. Our teachers are skilled at comforting children if they are feeling sad. We will always alert parents if we are unable to comfort their child in a reasonable amount of time (perhaps a child is sick and is feeling sad) so they may pick their child up.