Santa Monica Montessori

1909 Colorado Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA, 90404
Tel: (310)829-3551
Santa Monica Montessori School is a private academic preschool and elementary school through eighth grade based on the philosophy of freeing the child's potential in a stimulating environment.
Maria Montessori, the first woman M.D.
in Italy, developed what she called the "prepared environment" which helps your child develop according to his or her own capacities in a non-competitive private school environment.
The goal of a prepared environment is to help your child develop self-confidence and independence that inspires self-discipline and a love of learning which will remain throughout his/her life.
Montessori Schools emphasize individual as opposed to group development.
Montessori believed that the most effective impulse to learning was self-motivation, so a prepared environment does not force information and skills onto the child but rather he acquires the knowledge himself.
Santa Monica Montessori School offers your child love, security, and a stimulating private school environment that inspires learning through exploration and discovery.
We have a very diverse student body representing many countries, cultures and races.
We work with the "Connections for Children" Organization.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 9
Year Founded 1960

Student Body

Total Students 89 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 30%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Santa Monica Montessori Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 20%
Average Class Size 12 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Comfort rules. Dress like a kid!!)

Finances and Admission

Tuition Notes 1/2 day-$10950 academic year school day-$12950 academic year extended day-$14950 academic year Payments accepted $100 application fee $500 registration fee (books, supplies, insurance)
% on Financial Aid 10%
Average Financial Aid Grant $250
Acceptance Rate 95%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Associate Dr. Ivy Sinjur


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Ballet, Basketball, Bowling, Dance, Gymnastics, Soccer, Swimming, Track and FieldBalletBasketball,
SwimmingTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Arts/Crafts, Building Workshop (blocks), Cooklng, Dance & Movement, Homework Club, Mandarin Chinese, Peace Garden, Spanish, Sports, Storytelling, Voice and Piano Arts/Crafts, Cooklng, Homework Club, Peace Garden, Spanish, Sports, Storytelling, Building Workshop (blocks),
Dance & Movement,
Mandarin Chinese,
Voice and Piano,

School Notes:

  • The child will be encouraged to think outside the box! We encourage creativity. We have a very diverse student body representing many countries, cultures and races.
  • An unpretentious environment encouraging genuine values
  • Organic snacks and lunches!
  • A safe, beautiful environment in an old mansion
  • Profile last updated: 01/20/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Crossroads Elementary (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Saint Anne School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Saint Anne School (0.1 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Santa Monica Saint Anne School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2015 Colorado Avenue
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.1  mi  |  238  students  |  Gr.  PK-8
  • Santa Monica
    Crossroads Elementary
    1715 Olympic Blvd
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    0.2  mi  |  1139  students  |  Gr.  K-12
  • Santa Monica
    Crossroads School For Arts & Sciences
    1714 21st St
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    0.2  mi  |  1147  students  |  Gr.  KG-12
  • Santa Monica
    Westside Waldorf School
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    1439 15th St
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    Early Childhood / Day Cares
    0.4  mi  |  75  students  |  Gr.  K
  • Santa Monica
    Light House School
    1220 20th St
    Santa Monica , CA , 90404
    0.5  mi  |  99  students  |  Gr.  KG-12

School Reviews

  • Recommended October 27, 2012 - 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 little geniuses they have become. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended October 06, 2012 - An amazing school and an amazing program, our 10 year old just took an admissions test at another school (we had to move and change schools for employment reasons) and they are telling us that he is reading and writing at almost a high school level and doing math at a high school level. This was just a couple of years after we were told he may have special needs by a public school teacher. I would both strongly recommend Santa Monica Montessori School and strongly recommend avoiding the public schools in the area. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended June 20, 2012 - Amazing school with a lot of really great programs and a staff that feels more like a family than a company. We decided on a private school after having a very disappointing experience with the public schools in the area. We selected this school in particular because the executive director is one of the most well known teacher trainers in the montessori field, and we have been excited by our child''s progress (though he was a genius already). =) - Posted by Parent

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