Montessori Family School - Early Childhood

1850 Scenic Avenue,
Berkeley, CA, 94709-0947
Tel: (510)848-2322
Grades: PK - K | 50 students
The MFS Early Childhood Education Program nurtures young children's quest for independence.
They learn to control themselves physically and refine their gross and fine motor abilities.
Cognitively, they have the opportunity to explore a broad range of Montessori materials, including those that provide them with a solid foundation for beginning reading, and learning basic math concepts.
They also learn to become part of a community, make enduring friendships, and learn to socialize harmoniously. In the Classroom MFS classrooms are all multi-age, with Early Childhood classrooms serving children who are 3, 4, and 5 years old.
The third year—for the 5 year-old turning 6—is the "kindergarten" year.
The multi-age classroom provides an environment in which children can move at their own pace, and be both learners and teachers at the same time. Curriculum Studies by Maria Montessori and contemporary researchers support the notion that a child's first three years of life, and next three years of education outside the home, are the most important in shaping his or her personality and ability to learn.
Children learn more during this period of time than at any other, and set important patterns for the future.
Skills learned become the foundation that helps them grow in independence. Each of our preschool classrooms are divided into five distinct areas, each of which is devoted to learning about a particular subject.
There are separate places for children to engage in practical life studies, cultural studies, sensorial studies, and learn about language and math.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - Kindergarten
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1981

Student Body

Total Students 50 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 33%
State avg.: 41%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 9 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 10 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,650
Tuition Notes 5 Days a week (9:00am-3:00pm): $16,650. 5 Days a week (9:00am-12:30pm): $14,450. 4 Days a week (9:00am-3:00pm): $14,450. 4 Days a week (9:00am-12:30pm) $12,500.
% on Financial Aid 30%
Admissions Director Yvette Cashmere

School Notes:

    Profile last updated: 09/18/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is West-wind Academy (1.1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is German International School of Silicon Valley- Berkeley Campus (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is German International School of Silicon Valley- Berkeley Campus (0.4 miles away)
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