This school is a prime example of the best that Montessori education has to offer, which both my husband and I strongly believe in. Many of the most innovative people in the world were Montessori children, including, but not limited to the founders of Amazon and Google. We love this school and everything
... Read more it has done for our son and we can't recommend it enough to prospective parents. The Principal is one of the most well respected teacher trainers in the field and really knows her stuff. Regardless of what school you pick in the area, pick a Montessori school! Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/07/13
Excellent teachers and staff. This is truly a community school, all the parents are actively involved and engaged. I cannot say enough about the amazing group of teachers at SMMS, my son loves going to school, learning and is eager to show me all that he was worked on during the day when I pick him up.
... Read more We moved my son from this school to a language immersion school last year and he was not happy, he kept coming home telling me that they did not do any "work" and they were told "zip" their mouths and listen for long periods of time. I love that at SMMS they are allowed expression of thoughts, allowed to question things and are thought to think not just do. Great place for young kids to explore, learn and develop their inner leaders. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/31/13
The montessori method is great for letting children learn different subjects at different speeds, and this is by far the best montessori school we've ever had our son at. What has really set this school apart from our other experiences is that we feel that they really care about his individual progress.
... Read more The parent teacher conferences have been very eye opening on how he is learning and developing. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/14/12
The best school in the area by far. It recently had a lot of major upgrades to the playground and the building in general. The teachers are amazing and our son is the happiest he's ever been going to school. I highly recommend Santa Monica Montessori.
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Posted by a parent on 11/04/12
My daughter first attended the school and now my son goes there. I can't speak highly enough of Mrs. Crisman the director and all the staff at the school. It is a very special place and we have been absolutely thrilled with the attention our kids received. We credit everyone at this school with the
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Posted by a parent on 10/20/12
This school really takes the time to know your children and their needs, take it from the parent of a happy child, it's a fantastic school that I would definitely recommend to anyone.
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Posted by a parent on 10/02/12
This is a fabulous school for early education. The teachers are top-notch and the director of the school really believes in and practices the Montessori principles. The community of students and parents is diverse and supportive. We have sent all three of our children here and when they entered public
... Read more school their abilities were a grade or two above their peers. SMMS truly fosters a great academic community and a lifetime love of learning. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/23/12
My husband and I have always been impressed with the Montessori method, but now we're enamored. Our child has loved her time at Santa Monica Montessori school and we would recommend it to anyone looking in the area.
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Posted by a parent on 06/11/12
One of the most caring and competent teaching faculties around. I really felt like they cared about the progress of my son and the parent-teacher meetings helped me to better understand the sensitive development period from birth until age 6 where many important characteristics are developed in children.
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Posted by a parent on 05/08/12
We are new to the school this year but feel we were very lucky to be part of this school and this community, it is UNBELIEVABLY better than our experience in the public school system. Our daughter loves her teachers, is learning so much and was recently part of one of the best science fairs we've ever
... Read more seen. I would strongly recommend this school to anyone looking right now in the Santa Monica area. Read less
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Santa Monica schools — Santa Monica Montessori is located at 1909 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica CA 90404. 1909 Colorado Ave is in the 90404 ZIP code in Santa Monica, CA Santa Monica Montessori is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 7.
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