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San Francisco Montessori Academy

1566 32nd ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 759-5710


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

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  • Puzzles
  • Golden beats,sand numbers and Much more
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
  • Montessori Matireals
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Montessori Materials
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
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 The San Francisco Montessori Academy Curriculum is divided into five core areas of study. It is structured around the child's self initiated impulse to become engaged and learn from his or her surroundings. Practical Life,Censorial,Mathematics,Language,Science, Geography, Art,Balet,Karate

From the Director:

As and educational approach, the Montessori method's focus is on the individuality of each child in respect to their needs or talents. The child controls the pace, topic and repetition of lessons independent of the rest of the class or of the teacher. Children who experience the joy of learning are believed to be happy, confident, and fulfilled.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

As prescribed by the Montessori method of instruction, children are given the independence to work at their own pace in a nurturing environment. Regardless of pace, each child is given the independent attention they deserve.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe in not pushing the child beyond his or her abilities. We give every child the same chance to succeed in our school.

A Typical Day

8:00am Welcome Arrival time

9:00am – 9:20am
Circle time: Calendar, check the weather, demonstration of Montessori materials. Numbers and letters. Learning songs

9:20am – 9:35am
Group lesson, Story reading and discussion

9:35am – 10:00am
Social science lesson: Community, plant, life, and animal biology

10:00am – 10:30 Independent work period
Practical life, language, censorial and math

10:30am – 10:45
Snack time: Fresh fruits/vegetables and juice

10:45am – 12:00 Clean up time and indoor/outdoor play As weather permits

12:00pm – 12:30
Lunch time: Hot lunch

12:30pm – 1:00pm Free play ********************
1:00pm – 3:30 pm Nap time ********************

4:00pm – 4:15pm Afternoon snack ********************

4:15pm – 5:30pm
Independent Work: Listen to music, read, dance, blocks, Work etc...

Clean up and dismissal

Dismissal no later than 5:30 pm. Late fee will apply.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • 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
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year