Grand Lake Montessori

466 Chetwood St
Oakland, CA 94610-0946
Tel: (510)836-4313
Grades: NS-6 | 170 students
Making Childhood A Journey, Not A Race! We’re proud of our campus, our school, and our teachers.
With almost two full acres of campus in residential Oakland, we have plenty of open spaces and green grass for running and playing.
We have planted fruit trees, indigenous plants, vegetables and flower beds, to attract butterflies, bees and other insects.
We raise bees that make us honey.
Children learn to harvest fruits and vegetables and to cook and share food with family and friends.The “GLM village” is a place where children can learn and grow, all while developing strong, loving and respectful relationships with their peers and school adults.
This is “personalized education” at it’s best, fostering resilience, creativity, collaboration and a love of life-time learning.
Come and see for yourself, what we mean when we say: we are “helping to make childhood a journey, not a race.”

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded 1978

Student Body

Total Students 170 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Grand Lake Montessori Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 24 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $18,000
Tuition Notes Contracts are offered for 10,11,and 12 month programs
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $5,000
Admissions Director Nancy Haskins

School Notes:

  • About GLM: Grand Lake Montessori was founded in 1978 as an independent Montessori day school. Formerly known as Casa dei Bambini (or House of Children – in Italian) it was named after the very first Montessori school established in Rome in 1906. GLM has grown to more than 170 students, educating children 18 months through Kindergarten and is now opening an Elementary Program in August 2016. GLM operates year round orienting all of our new students into the program throughout the summer time.
  • What Is Montessori? Montessori is a brain-based method of education that fosters self-directed and experiential learning, as well as collaboration with peers. In Montessori classrooms, children can respond to their natural curiosities, pursue their special interests and make their own choices. They discover and explore knowledge while being intentionally guided by trained Montessori adults who offer developmentally appropriate activities in a well prepared environment. Through using their hands and engaging their minds, they become creative, independent, critical thinkers with a life-time love of learning.
  • Our Classrooms Are Special. Here’s Why: Classrooms at GLM have nearly as much personality as the children who go here. We strive to make our classrooms a home-away-from-home environment with plants, animals, beautiful cultural objects and pieces of art. There are cosy corners to sit and read in, child-sized tables to play at and individual rugs for laying out projects. All the tools, implements and furniture are real, functional and scaled to the children’s size. Every activity in the environment supports an aspect of their development and is part of an age appropriate and scientifically based curriculum. These are places designed and created especially for them!

Profile last updated: 11/24/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Bayhill High School (0.6 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Lakeshore Children's Center (0.6 miles away)
The nearest preschool is School Of Saint Leo The Great (0.8 miles away)
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    Bayhill High School
    Special Education School
    Grades: 9-12 | 80 students
    0.6 miles
    521 Boden Way
    Oakland, CA 94610
  • Oakland
    Lakeshore Children's Center
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: K | 49 students
    0.6 miles
    3534 Lakeshore Ave
    Oakland, CA 94610
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-8 | 360 students
    0.6 miles
    116 Montecito Ave
    Oakland, CA 94610
  • Oakland
    Grades: K-8 | 359 students
    0.6 miles
    116 Montecito Avenue
    Oakland, CA 94610
  • Oakland
    Grades: PK-8 | 242 students
    0.8 miles
    4238 Howe St
    Oakland, CA 94611

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