Carmel Mountain Preschool

  • Carmel Mountain Preschool is a private preschool and 6-hour private kindergarten.
  • CMP is in the Rancho Penasquitos area of San Diego, within the Poway Unified school district.
  • CMP offers an early literacy curriculum for preschool, and is aligned with Poway Unified standards for kindergarten.

Top Placements

Carmel Mountain Preschool places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

School Overview

School TypeEarly Childhood / Day Care
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-Kindergarten
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students378 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade Carmel Mountain Preschool Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers2 teachers

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorGretchen Masterson

Nearby Private Schools

  • The nearest high school, elementary school and preschool to Carmel Mountain Preschool is The Cambridge School (1.0 miles away)
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • San Diego
    Grades: PK-12 | 308 students
    1 miles
    12855 Black Mountain Rd
    San Diego, CA 92129
    (858) 484-3488
    1 PK-12
  • San Diego
    Rancho Penasquitos KinderCare
    Rancho Penasquitos KinderCare Photo - Rancho Penasquitos KinderCare Front
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK
    1.3 miles
    10065 Paseo Montril
    San Diego, CA 92129
    (858) 484-3232
    1.3 NS-PK
  • San Diego
    Grades: K | 18 students
    2.6 miles
    11354 Pegasus Ave
    San Diego, CA 92126
    (858) 549-2201
    2.6 K
  • San Diego
    Lifetime Montessori
    Montessori School
    Grades: PK-4 | 180 students
    3 miles
    14727 Camino De La Luna
    San Diego, CA 92127
    (858) 759-0631
    3 PK-4
  • San Diego
    Carmel Mountain KinderCare
    Carmel Mountain KinderCare Photo - Building Image
    Daycare / Preschool
    Grades: NS-PK | 85 students
    3.1 miles
    12135 World Trade Dr
    San Diego, CA 92128
    (858) 487-6444
    3.1 NS-PK

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (15 reviews)
This is our son's third year at Carmel Mountain Preschool, and I can say without hesitation that every teacher and staff member at the school is patient, kind, and well-versed in the needs of young children (both academic and social-emotional). In my opinion, this is what sets CMP apart from other schools. Their facilities are beautiful, and they offer amazing extracurricular opportunities, but the core of what they do - cultivating a love of school and learning - is what makes this place truly extraordinary.
- Posted by
Our daughter has been attending Carmel Mountain preschool for 3 years now. The staff is amazing; the school is great, and our daughter loves it here. She's developed into an amazing kid and have the dearest friends at school. I'm glad we found this place for our kiddo!
- Posted by
Our youngest is in here last year at CMP, and we are so thankful to have given all three of our children an amazing introduction to school via CMP. They have been more than prepared to start kindergarten socially and academically. CMP focuses on learning through play and I feel confident when I drop off my kiddo that they will have fun, enriching experiences in a nurturing and beautiful, clean environment every day! Such a special place. Walking through the glen and past the art studio I wish I could have attended a school like CMP! It's a neighborhood gem and has been for decades, only improving with time.
- Posted by
This preschool is wonderful! What sets it apart from other schools and daycares is its facility and programs. There are specific art, science, and tinkering teachers who help students gain a love and appreciation for learning about the world around them in a very hands-on environment. Additionally, each teacher my son interacts with is kind, patient, communicative, and fun. The skills he is gaining in his 3-year-old class are amazing - he can use scissors to cut, use a pen to write his own name, and he is more self-sufficient because the school emphasizes independence. I've toured other schools in the area, and this one is absolutely the best!
- Posted by
I visited several schools for my three year old before I finally found Carmel Mountain Preschool and instantly fell in love with it. My number one priority was finding a school that does a lot of outdoor education. CMP is definitely great at it with their amazing nature lab, art studio and tinkering classes. My son absolutely loves it and I`m amazed by the quality of projects teachers put together with our kids. There are non stop activities. They even bake in class, have field trip visits and celebrate all the major holidays by including parents in the celebration. I highly recommend this school to everyone who is seeking a good quality place for their child. Also, their hours are perfect for parents who work full time!
- Posted by
My wife and I have been looking for a good preschool for our son and decided to come and tour CMP. We both loved this school so much and we signed up our 3 year old to attend it. We could have not been more happier with the quality of care and attention our son receives on daily basis. We recently signed up our youngest son to attend this school as well. I can honestly say that this school is worth every penny we pay for it!
- Posted by
As a speech pathologist for 43 years in the school district, a background in preschool education programs and a grandmother to 2 current students, I can attest that Carmel Mountain Preschool is one of the most elite programs in the area. Both of my grandchildren are thriving in their classrooms. I couldn't be happier with this program, the teachers and support staff.
- Posted by
My daughter is a CMP grad who is now a first grader. She was very prepared for elementary school thanks to CMP. My boys (4,2) are currently at CMP and are thriving. I can`t say enough good things about the teachers, office staff, activities, cleanliness, professionalism, the list goes on. We are very very happy with this school.
- Posted by
My daughter has been attending Carmel Mountain Preschool for 3 years now and we (and she) have been so happy there. The teachers are phenomenal - I feel like they really know my daughters individual personality and tweak things to what will suit her best. Their outdoor spaces and activities such as nature lab, art studio and tinkering add such value on top of their great play-based curriculum. I can't recommend the CMP enough!
- Posted by
CMP has been an amazing place for my daughter! She started in June at the age of 18 months and I was a nervous wreck. The teachers have been so patient and my daughter has really thrived in the environment. She is so social and verbal and really looks forward to going to school in the mornings. She loves her new friends and teachers and it's so fun to see her learning and growing. The school itself is beautiful with so much for the kids to do - the art studio, the glen, playgrounds, monthly yoga and dance classes, holiday activities and spirit weeks, chickens to feed and organic snacks provided daily.
- Posted by
This is our daughters second year at CMP and we continue to be impressed with the high-quality care and education she is receiving. She has started in the pre-K program and learns something new everyday. I love that she is learning great pre-academic skills while continuing to play and develop strong social relationships. She adores her teachers and all of the staff there and she is always happy to go to school each day. I cannot recommend CMP enough!
- Posted by
Our daughter has been a student here for 2 years and she loves it. The teachers not only teach but make her feel welcome. She feels loved and wanted when at CMP. There is so much versatile learning that goes on here. From art, to nature, to writing, to Yoga, the kids are being taught to be well rounded. The school is constantly planning trips(pumpkin patch), as well as parties with parents, and concerts for the whole family. My daughter especially liked getting to talk to fire fighters and police officers all set up by CMP. Her vocabulary and social skills are amazing and most of that I attribute to CMP and their encouragement to make and be friends. The staff is amazing always keeping the parents informed and up to date with "goings on" at the school. We are never in the dark about anything. At CMP the kids are called "friends" but really since we found CMP they feel like extended family.
- Posted by
Our children have been attending for 6 months and we couldn't be happier. Our children love coming to school, the teachers are attentive and it's amazing how much the kids have learned. There are also age appropriate playgrounds which is great. We couldn't be happier.
- Posted by
My granddaughter (4) and grandson (2) have been attending CMP since June. From the moment we entered the school I knew this was the place to send them. My granddaughter has been learning her letters and how to write words. My grandson, who can be challenging, has been doing wonderful. His teachers say he is one of the best listeners in the class! Thank you CMP for all that you do!
- Posted by
We have been a part of the CMP family for 3 years with both daughters attending. We could not be any happier with the school, staff, programs and development we have seen in our children. Both academic skills and social skills are important and we have complete trust in the staff. Enrolled full time, our daughter who still attends (currently in her last year there) spends more waking hours with her teacher and staff during the week than we do and I am so comfortable knowing she LOVES school and engages with so many different experiences and lessons. I would give 10 stars if allowed, I love the school that much!
- Posted by

Endorse Carmel Mountain Preschool. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
As the COVID-19 virus spreads throughout the United States, we look at steps schools and parents can take to protect themselves from this highly contagious virus.
Our children's education is a critical concern. That's why we elected to send our kids to private school in the first place. However, this COVID-19 virus is controlling everything. And it will continue to do so indefinitely until we have vaccines to protect us. With that in mind, here are five things you need to do when you are a parent with children in private school during this horrific pandemic.
Now that school has safely reopened, what can we parents do to support and encourage the schools we care about so much?
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please briefly describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in San Diego, CA is $8,522 for elementary schools and $24,175 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in San Diego, CA is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).