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Monticello School (Lochinvar Ave.)

3345 Lochinvar Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95051

(408) 615-9416


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At Monticello, we provide a balance curriculum that will help to develop the child not only academically but socially and emotionally as well. Children will thrive to their fullest potential when they have self-confidence and love for their environment.

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
  • Small group writing and language time
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Small group math games and activities
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
  • Hands-on science experiment
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music class
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
  • Gymnastics and Dance class and Tae Kwon Do class for 4 years and older
Other subjects taught We have a very wholesome curriculum in that we touch upon all areas of development - cognitive, language, fine motor, gross motor, self help skills, social, and emotional development. We have a balance between hands-on child directed and teacher directed activity. Our curriculum grow with the child rather than the child grows with our curriculum. It is very individualize and age appropriate.

From the Director:

Everything that we do is based on the child's ability to succeed. Our job is to introduce the concept and then step back and allow the child to engage in their activities. Success in teach comes when children are motivated and passionate about their teachers, school and learning. In order to obtain this, we start with our bonding with the children and the relationship that we develop with them. Learning success will come when children feel a sense of security and love. Also, our curriculum is rich in diversity and cultural respect. Every child has strength and weakness to grow and build on for the future.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We strongly have the 'No Child Left Behind' philosophy. We will modify our curriculum to meet each child's developmental needs such as, we send home activities that parents can work with their children, work with the child in small group, or buddy children up with each other so that they can teach and help each other learn depending on their development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

At Monticello, we strongly believe that every child is a unique individual with an ability to learn and grow to their fullest potential at their own pace. Through hands-on, developmentally age appropriate activities and motivation, children can achieve their goals and be the best that they can be. Our mission is to provide a safe, enriched, culturally diverse and educational environment for children of all ages.

A Typical Day

At Monticello, a typical day would be something like this... You will always be greeted by someone at the front desk or outside. Every teacher in our school is aware of who is who.

Your child will play outside until 9:30.

At 9:30, we line up to go inside for an interactive circle time where we will learn about numbers, colors, shapes, letters and new concept for the week. Children will get an opportunity to speak at circle.

At 10:15-11:15, we will have indoor activities where the children can make choices at to what centers they would like to participate in and open snack where the children can come and eat at their own pace. Teachers will get an opportunity to interact with the children on the floor or the table.

11:15-11:30, we have a transitional gross motor circle where we will play games with the children.

11:30-12:00 is outdoor free play.

12:00-1:00 is family style lunch and preparation for naptime. Teachers and children will sit, have conversation and eat together like a big family.

1:00-3:00 is quiet time with stories and music. Children are encouraged to nap or relax on their mat.

3:00-3:20 is wake up time and preparation for small group.

3:20-3:50 is small group with the teachers and other children.

3:50-5:00 is open snack and indoor activities and free choice.

5:00-6:15 is outdoor free play time.

6:00-6:15, we gather inside for closing circle.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Every year we have two open house where the parents can come, meet and talk to the teachers. We have parent teacher conferences twice a year, every six months. We have newsletters and parent training classes. There are family events almost every month. There is an open door policy where parents can come and go any time. We have lots of parents volunteers in the classroom and on field trips. Depending the age, we will also provide parents with daily and weekly progress report.

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
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Initially before your child start, we will require a minimum of two visits or more depending on your child's need. Then on the first day, we will have your child bond with one teacher first. We ask that you tell your child good bye and leave immediately. This will not prolong the separation and will allow us the opportunity to bond with your child by meeting their needs when they cry. We will call you within the hour or two to let you know how well your child is doing.