Santa Cruz Montessori School

6230 Soquel Drive,
Aptos, CA, 95003-0950
Tel: (831)476-1646
Grades: PK - 8 | 280 students
Santa Cruz Montessori nurtures and guides children from 18 months to 15 years.
We have beautiful, safe, repared environments.
We nurture self-descipline, responsibility, and collaborative learning.
We develop strong critical thinking skills and the full breadth of academics.
Our teachers are experienced, engaged, patient, and kind.
We appreciate each child as unique and a force for good in the world.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other Montessori association(s)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Year Founded 1964

Student Body

Total Students 280 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 21%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade Santa Cruz Montessori School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 21 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $14,120
Tuition Notes Annual tuition ranges from 10280 to 15910 depending on student's age and schedule
% on Financial Aid 45%
Admissions Director Kathy Rideout

School Notes:

  • Santa Cruz Montessori nurtures and guides children from 18 months to 15 years with a philosophy of quality education and exceptional care in a safe and nurturing environment. Our programs focus on building independence, a love of learning, and respect for self, others, and our world. At Santa Cruz Montessori we see education as a "preparation for life." The mission of Santa Cruz Montessori is to guide and nurture the natural unfolding of the whole individual in a developmentally based Montessori learning environment. We believe that respect - for ourselves, each other and our environment (school, community and world) - is the foundation of Santa Cruz Montessori philosophy and drives our efforts at peace through education. We are committed to respect in all areas of our educational efforts, including: collaboration among staff, Board members, volunteers and parents to achieve mission-driven goals; an environment of acceptance for diverse people, ideas, cultures and economics; compassion and trust with one another; and individual responsibility in contributing to the creation of a quality Montessori environment for all.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Bay School (2.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Twin Lakes Christian School (0.4 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Tara Redwood School (1.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Aptos Twin Lakes Christian School
    (Christian)
    2701 Cabrillo College Drive
    Aptos , CA , 95003
    (831)465-3301
    (Christian)
    0.4  mi  |  236  students  |  Gr.  K-8
  • Soquel Tara Redwood School
    Montessori School
    5810 Prescott Rd
    Soquel , CA , 95073
    (831)462-9632
    Montessori School
    1.4  mi  |  31  students  |  Gr.  PK-3
  • Santa Cruz Good Shepherd Catholic School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2727 Mattison Ln
    Santa Cruz , CA , 95065
    (831)476-4000
    (Roman Catholic)
    2.3  mi  |  216  students  |  Gr.  NS-8
  • Santa Cruz
    The Bay School    
    Special Education School
    5400 Soquel Avenue, Suite F
    Santa Cruz , CA , 95062
    (831)462-9620
    Special Education School
    2.5  mi  |   students  |  Gr.  K-12
  • Soquel Merit Academy    
    Alternative School
    2392 North Rodeo Gulch Road
    Soquel , CA , 95073
    (831)462-5655
    Alternative School
    2.5  mi  |  24  students  |  Gr.  9-12

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